Can you name 8 women in your life? Statistics say that 1 of those women will develop Breast Cancer in their lifetime.
Do you know how healthy breasts look and feel? Most women don’t. That's the one of the reasons why breast cancer is so prevalent.
We talked to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. They agreed that their biggest problem is women don’t know what is healthy. To cut through the confusion, we partnered with NCBF to point out the top 5 myths and give you the truth.
Myth #1: Drinking milk (or dairy) causes Breast Cancer.
Many women think that dairy causes cancer from the lactose or the hormones fed to cows.
Truth: Several myths persist about the correlation between dairy intake and the increased risk of breast cancer. Over many decades, studies have shown that dairy consumption does not increase the risk of breast cancer. For more information about these studies, please visit:
- American Cancer Society
- International Journal of Epidemiology
- Journal of American College of Nutrition
Myth #2: Finding a lump in your breast means you have cancer.
Women are often uneducated about how breast should look or feel. A lump can feel scary if you don't know whether it's meant to be there or not.
Truth: Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer. But if you discover a persistent lump in your breast or notice any changes in breast tissue, you should never ignore it. It is very important that you see a physician for a clinical breast exam. He or she may possibly order breast imaging studies to determine if this lump is of concern or not.
Take charge of your health. Perform routine breast self-exams, establishing ongoing communication with your doctor, getting an annual clinical breast exam, and scheduling your routine screening mammograms.
Myth #3: Men do not get Breast Cancer; it affects women only.
Truth:Each year, an estimated 2,190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 410 will die. While this percentage is still small, men should also check themselves periodically by doing a breast self-exam while in the shower and reporting any changes to their physicians.
Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola. Men carry a higher mortality than women do, primarily because awareness among men is less and they are less likely to assume a lump is cancerous, which can cause a delay in seeking treatment.
Most people assume because women have more breast tissue, cancer only affects women. Women don't get prostate cancer, right?
Myth #4: If you have a family history of Breast Cancer, you are likely to develop it, too.
There is a correlation between genetics and certain cancers, and disease in general. Thus, women tend to believe if their great-aunt had breast cancer, they'll develop it too.
Truth: Statistically only about 10% of individuals diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of this disease.
If you have a first degree relative with cancer: a mother, daughter, or sister who developed breast cancer below the age of 50. You should consider some form of regular diagnostic breast imaging starting 10 years before the age of your relative’s diagnosis.
If you have a second degree relative with cancer: a grandmother or aunt who was diagnosed with breast cancer. Your risk increases slightly if so. But, it is not in the same risk category as those who have a first degree relative with it.
If you have multiple generations diagnosed with breast cancer on the same side of the family: or several individuals who are first degree relatives to one another, or several family members diagnosed under age 50, the probability increases that there is a breast cancer gene.
Myth #5: Antiperspirants and deodorants cause Breast Cancer.
Truth: Researchers at the National Cancer Institute are not aware of any conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of the disease.
Getting the correct information to our customers is our goal. This Breast Cancer Awareness Month remember to do a regular self-examination. If anything feels abnormal to you, speak to your doctor right away. The NCBF is also available for women who cannot afford comprehensive breast exams.
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