Myth 1: A lump in your breast means you have Breast Cancer
Fact: Not all breast lumps turn out to be cancer. But if you find a persistent lump in your breast or notice any change in your breast tissue, you should consult a doctor. With clinical breast exam, your physician will determine if your lump is a cause of concern or not. Routine breast self-exams, check-ups with your doctor and screening can help improve your health condition.
Myth 2: A mammogram can cause Breast Cancer to spread
Myth 3: If you’ve a family history of Breast Cancer, you are likely to develop Breast Cancer
However, the chances are higher in those who have:
Myth 4: Breast Cancer is contagious
Fact: Breast cancer occurs due to uncontrolled cell growth of mutated cells that spread in the tissues of the breast. But it cannot be transferred to someone else’s body. The best thing to prevent it is to follow a healthy lifestyle and be aware of the risk factors that can help its early detection.
Myth 5: If BRCA1 or BRCA2 is detected in your DNA, then the chances to develop Breast Cancer are more
Fact: According to the National Cancer Institute, women in the families who carry BRCA1 or BRCA2 are not linked to a harmful mutation in one of these genes. In other words, not every woman who has harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation will develop breast cancer. But a woman who has inherited a harmful mutation is more likely to develop breast cancer than the other who does not have such a mutation.
Myth 6: Antiperspirants and deodorants cause Breast Cancer
Myth 11: If you are diagnosed with Breast Cancer, removing the entire breast (mastectomy) is better than a lumpectomy with radiation therapy
No matter, whether you have breast cancer or not, still you should know about the facts of the disease. It’s important to be aware about breast cancer so that you can make informed decisions about screening, risk reduction and treatment options.
Though most breast changes are normal or due to benign condition, but it’s still important to get them checked. If you are worried about any of the breast cancer risk factors or notice any abnormal change in your breast you should consult to a doctor.