Breast Cancer Awareness month can be full of valuable information that can help many around the world recognize their symptoms. However, some common myths can circulate around the internet, spreading false information and causing more anxiety amongst people. Here are five myths we’ve debunked about breast cancer:
Myth: If you don’t have a family history of breast cancer, you won’t get it
Although it is important to share your family history of breast cancer with your doctor, breast cancer is not an inherited disease. Only 5-10% of breast cancers are believed to be hereditary, so other environmental and lifestyle factors may cause you to be affected.
Myth: You don’t have to worry about breast cancer if you exercise regularly and eat healthy
There is evidence that proves living a healthy lifestyle may lower your risk of being affected, but it won’t eliminate it. It’s still crucial you get regular screenings and pay attention to your health.
Myth: Annual mammograms will guarantee early detection
Mammography is an excellent screening tool, but not 100% reliable. It can give a false-negative result and misses about 20% of breast cancers at the time of screening. Since they do catch most cancers, it’s still essential you go to your regular screening, but also pay attention to any changes in your breasts.
Myth: Men do not get breast cancer; it affects solely women
While the percentage of men diagnosed with breast cancer is small, men should still check themselves periodically and make their physicians aware of any changes.
Myth: Breast cancer only happens to older women
Although growing older is a risk for developing breast cancer, younger women can and do get breast cancer. No matter your age, you should pay attention to your body and report any unusual changes.
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