10 Breast Cancer Myths!
Good breast health starts with and understanding of the top breast cancer myths. The warning signs of breast cancer are well published in health and beauty articles for women but our researchers have identified the Top 10 breast cancer myths and here they are:
Myth 1: If breast cancer runs in your family, it automatically means that you’re going to get it too.
Fact: Getting breast cancer is not a certainty, even if you have one of the significant risk factors, like a strong family history or a known breast cancer gene abnormality. For example, of women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 inherited genetic abnormality, 40%-80% will develop breast cancer over their lifetime; 20%-60% won’t. All other breast cancer factors are associated with a much lower probability.
Myth 2: Only your mother’s family history of breast cancer can affect your risk.
Fact: A history of breast cancer in your mother’s OR your father’s family equally influence your risk. However, a man with a breast-cancer gene abnormality is less likely to develop breast cancer than a woman with a similar gene.
Myth 3: Breast cancer skips generations.
Fact: False. If your mother or father has a breast-cancer gene abnormality, you have a 50% risk of getting the gene and a 50% chance of not getting it. If you don’t get the gene, then you can’t pass it on to your children.
Myth 4; Since I have no family history of breast cancer, I can’t get it.
Fact: Breast cancer is extremely rare in girls. Every adult woman has some risk of breast cancer. About 80% of women who get breast cancer have no known family his-tory of the disease. Also, growing older (just the wear and tear of living) is the biggest single risk factor for breast cancer.
Myth 5: There is nothing you can do to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer. If it’s going to happen, it will.
Fact: There are many things you can do—keep a healthy weight, exercise 3-4 hours a week, don’t smoke, limit alcohol use to 5 or fewer drinks per week, eat 5-9 fruits and vegetables daily; limit your consumption of red meat, fried foods, and blackened grilled foods, and buy organic and hormone-free foods whenever possible.
Myth 6: Mammograms help prevent breast cancer.
Fact: Mammograms can save lives by detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages (when it’s most treatable), thereby improving your chance of survival but they do not pre-vent breast cancer.
Myth 7: Big breasts have a higher risk of breast cancer.
Fact: Breast size has no significant impact on the risk of developing breast cancer.
Myth 8: You can catch breast cancer from your mom when she is pregnant with you or through her breast milk.
Fact: Absolutely not. Breast cancer is not transmitted during pregnancy or breast milk.
Myth 9: Cell phones, antiperspirants, and tanning cause breast cancer.
Fact: There is no evidence that these factors increase the risk of breast cancer. Tanning in the sun or in salons does increase the risk of skin cancer.
Myth 10: A breast cancer diagnosis is an automatic death sentence.
Fact: Most women survive breast cancer and live long lives. Plus, new promising treatment breakthroughs are becoming available every day.
While health and beauty articles talk extensively about breast health examination and mammography’s, little is written to explain the top breast cancer myths. Good breast health is important for all of us and, most importantly, we need to understand fact from fiction and the true warning signs of breast cancer.