It is estimated that 1 in every 8 women in the USA will be detected with Breast cancer during their life. That’s a staggering number of women battling this potentially fatal disease.
The good part is that there is increased awareness about the condition. Women know what signs and symptoms to watch out for and cancer screening is part of a routine health checkup for most women post 30.
But, we have noticed that there’s a lot of misinformation floating out there about Breast Cancer. Some of them are so popular that many women mistakenly believe them to be truths.
So, let’s go bust some myths.
#1 – Breast Cancer is hereditary
It’s not. And here’s a statistic to prove you wrong. The number of women diagnosed with breast cancer who also had a parent or close relative with the disease is a paltry 13%. What is important though is that just because you do not have a family history of the disease, it does not make you safe. You must continue to be vigilant, learn about self-monitoring for the condition and seek immediate medical attention if you notice any signs of the disease. Early diagnosis is the key to fast and effective treatment.
#2 – There will always be a lump in the breast
A lump is one of the most probable signs of breast cancer. But there are many other symptoms which do not lead to a lump formation. There are eight major warning signs for Breast Cancer. Seven of those signs are visual.
#3 – Deodorant causes Breast Cancer
Some deodorants contain heavy metals like aluminum which have been linked with infertility and even an increased incidence of some types of cancers. However, no direct link has been established between deodorant usage and breast cancer yet. Off topic, are you aware that squeezing lime on your underarms is the easiest and cheapest way to get rid of body odor?
#4 – Men cannot get breast cancer
Call them pecs or whatever else you want it to. But inside the body, it is still breast tissue. And invasive cancer of the breast among men is on the rise.
#5 – Women below the age of 30 cannot get breast cancer
There is no age for breast cancer although the likelihood of a young woman getting breast cancer are slim. In 2009, a 13-year-old by the name of Taylor Thompson was diagnosed with breast cancer. So, irrespective of the age, women must continue to be vigilant about breast cancer. This also emphasizes the importance of educating young girls about the signs and symptoms to watch out for.
#6 – Cell phone use can cause breast cancer
Once again, there’s no link between mobile phone radiation and cancers or tumors of any type. At least, not yet. However, there are much better places to keep your cell phone than your bra.
#7 – Wearing a bra can cause breast cancer
This one takes the cake. Sorry to disappoint you girls. It does not. Enough said.