From underarm products to bra cup sizes, there is a lot of information circulating about breast cancer that can cause anxiety and make it hard to decipher fact from fiction. Dr. Marc Hurlbert, the executive director of the global breast cancer programs of the Avon Foundation for Women and the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, reveals the truth about five popular breast cancer myths below.
False: Research may show that older women are much more likely to get breast cancer, but Dr. Hurlbert points out that approximately 25 percent of new breast cancer cases each year are women under the age of 40. The National Breast Cancer Foundation encourages adult women of all ages to perform a breast self-exam to become familiar with how their breasts look and feel. Click here to learn how a breast self-exam should be performed.
False: Dr. Hurlbert says that 85 percent to 90 percent of breast cancers arise in women with no family history, and very few (<15 percent) have breast cancer in their families.
The American Cancer Society recommends the following screening guidelines for most adults.
True: The National Breast Cancer Foundation states that only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancerous. Benign (non-cancerous) breast conditions are very common. However, lumps are not to be ignored if they are new and/or accompanied with other symptoms .
"Every woman should become familiar with her breasts, how they feel, look, and what changes they notice when they go through their monthly cycle (if still menstruating). Learn what is normal. Any changes, such as new lumps, pain, drainage from the nipple, should be reported to a nurse or doctor right away," says Dr. Hurlbert.
False: According to Dr. Hulbert studies have shown that antiperspirants or deodorants do NOT cause breast cancer. The American Cancer Society states "there are no strong epidemiologic studies in the medical literature that link breast cancer risk and antiperspirant use, and very little scientific evidence to support this claim."
True: Dr. Hurlbert says it is a myth that breast size plays a role in breast cancer risk. There is no link between breast size and breast cancer. Regardless of your cup size, take control of your health today by maintaining your routine checkups.
Many misconceptions and myths surround breast cancer. Don't fall victim to misinformation; get educated and informed. Let's debunk some of the common breast cancer myths. Click here to take the quiz!
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