Exposing Myths About Breast Cancer

 

There are many misunderstandings about breast cancer. While many advances have been made in detection and treatment, we unfortunately still don’t know what causes breast cancer or how to cure it. Here are a few myths about breast cancer we’d like to clear up.

1. Myth: I’m too young to worry about breast cancer.

Fact: Your risk for breast cancer increases as you get older, but women of all ages are at risk for developing breast cancer.

2. Myth: There’s never been a case of breast cancer in my family, so I don’t need to worry about it happening to me.

Fact: The majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer don’t have a family history of it. If your mother, sister or grandmother have had breast cancer, however, your risk is significantly increased.

3. Myth: I don’t have a mutated BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, so I’m sure breast cancer is not in my future.

Fact: Almost all women (90 to 95 percent) diagnosed with breast cancer have neither a family history nor mutated BRAC1 or BRAC2 gene, according to the American Cancer Society.

4. Myth: The majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer had more than one risk factor prior to diagnosis.

Fact: The majority of breast cancer patients had no known risk factors, other than being female. All women are at risk for developing breast cancer, whether they have known risk factors or not.

5. Myth: Breast cancer is preventable.

Fact: The cause of breast cancer remains unknown and is not completely preventable, although a drug classified as an anti-estrogen called Tamoxifen may decrease breast cancer risk in certain women. The real key to surviving breast cancer is early detection and treatment.

6. Myth: Having yearly mammograms will expose me to too much radiation and cancer will occur as a result.

Fact: According to the American college of Radiology, the benefits of annual mammograms far outweigh any risks that may occur because of the minute amount of radiation used during screening.

7. Myth: Breastfeeding would increase my risk of getting breast cancer.

Fact: Breastfeeding may actually decrease the risk of premenopausal breast cancer.

Regular checks by your doctor and knowing the signs are the best way to protect yourself against

 

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