POPULAR MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT BREAST CANCER
“Is it true that black bra causes breast cancer?”
With increasing awareness about breast cancer, there is a high tendency that many people will be misinformed about the factors that put them at risk of having breast cancer and are likely to believe and act on these myths.
Here are some popular myths and facts about breast cancer:
Myth 1: Wearing Underwire Bra causes Breast Cancer.
Fact: There is no medically proven link between wearing underwire Bra and it being a risk factor of breast cancer. The correct point to note is to wear clothes-bras that you are comfortable in, that does not cause you discomfort or pain.
Myth 2: Breast Cancer always causes a lump you feel.
Fact: Not all lumps felt in the breast are cancerous, some are benign. If you notice any lump in your breast, please go for proper medical breast screening.
Myth 3: The use of deodorants causes cancer.
Fact: There is no convincing medical link that the use of deodorants or antiperspirants causes breast cancer. It does not cause Breast Cancer.
Myth 4: If I don’t have a family history of breast cancer, I cannot have breast cancer.
Fact: Most people diagnosed with Breast Cancer do not have a family history of the disease. The major risk factor attached to breast cancer is being a woman and aging.
Myth 5: Breast cancer happens only in middle-aged and older women.
Fact: Recent studies have shown that younger women are also at risk of having breast cancer and a lot of cases have been discovered, as well as breast cancer in men.
Myth 6: If you maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, eat healthily, and limit alcohol, you don’t have to worry about breast cancer.
Fact: Although these behaviors can help lower breast cancer risk, they can’t eliminate it.
These and many more are popular myths and facts about breast cancer. It is expedient that we are correctly informed about the risk factors attached to breast cancer and not live in the fear or ignorance of the myths.
Key to reducing your risk of breast cancer is maintaining a healthy lifestyle, in diet and exercise; avoiding risky lifestyles like over-consumption of alcohol, smoking, and exposure to radiation. Less I forget, regular breast self-examination (preferably after your monthly menstrual flow) and screening are also very vital.
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