Myths About Breast Cancer

Myths About Breast Cancer




Breast Cancer Myths, Myths Facts Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Facts: Although many advances have been made in breast cancer detection and treatment over the last quarter century, the fact is we still don't know much about the breast cancer.

* The risk is only for women who have a family history of breast cancer?

In fact, there are no identifiable risk factors from about 70 percent of women diagnosed with this disease. But your risk may be double if you have sibling, child or parent (‘first-degree relative’) with breast cancer. Therefore, this means that the risk should not only be directed for a woman with a family history of this disease -- although her risk especially if she has a first-degree relative with this disease may be relatively higher. In the other words, most of women diagnosed with this disease are not hereditary, which only about 5% of them who get a gene predisposing them to breast cancer.

* The risk can be higher if you wear an underwire bra!

Can underwire bras cause breast cancer? As well we know that underwire bras are usually designed with a thin wire along the sides & bottom of the cups. And therefore there are some women who may feel uncomfortable pressure occasionally in the breasts due to a metal underwire! But it is not true if you say that underwire bra can cause breast cancer, because there are still no scientific studies that can find the link between this disease breast cancer and underwire bra! The point is if you feel uncomfortable when using an underwire bra, then it is much better to avoid using it -- but don’t judge directly that it can cause breast cancer, because once again there is no scientific evidence for the correlation of them.

* About breast lumps!

In fact, most of breast lumps in women (almost 80 percent) are usually caused by cyts, benign changes (non-cancerous), and other conditions! Therefore don’t take conclusion directly if you find breast lumps, ask your doctor for more detailed information. However, we all agree that catching breast cancer as earlier as possible is so important and better for the treatment. Therefore, for better result, get a routine mammogram screening to keep monitor well your body, particularly if you are over 40 (do this screening -test once a year if necessary).

* Can breast implants raise the risk of breast cancer?

Breast implants can result several risks for the body, especially if the implant is not properly injected. Therefore, it is so important to understand all risks completely before deciding to choose breast implants. But there is also still no scientific link between breast implants and breast cancer. However, it is much better to avoid breast implants. Furthermore, for women with breast implants, the standard mammograms are not too effective to monitor the breast tissue. Therefore, X-rays is required sometimes to optimally examine breast tissue on these women.

* Does the size of the breast influence your risk?

You may familiar with the popular opinion that says ‘the smaller size of the breast will have less chance or lower risk of breast cancer’. In fact, there is also no correlation between this issue and the risk of developing breast cancer. But one thing that you should clearly understand is small breasts may be easier to examine than large breasts. And like mentioned before, catching breast cancer as earlier as possible will be helpful to make easier for the treatment. Don’t forget also to read the previous related article about some foods to lower the risk of breast cancer!