Common Myths about Breast Cancer

Do not believe in everything you say. Some are not facts. Here are the common myths about breast cancer.

An enormous amount of data about breast cancer can be obtained on the Internet and other sources. However, some are not accurate and are even confusing. Below are some of the common myths about breast cancer.

Wearing underwire bras raises your risk to breast cancer.

The myth says that underwire bras place you more prone to the disease. This is said to be because these sorts of bras block the drainage of the lymph fluid from below this part that it cannot run to your body. However, there isn’t any scientific explanation to this; thus, it remains as rumor.

Only women are susceptible to breast cancer.

This is simply not true; men may also suffer the pain of the disease. Women, however, are more prone to breast cancer. Almost 23,000 women and 2,100 men are discovered with breast cancer every year. One factor that makes women more at risk to the illness is because their breast cells are at risk from the growth-stimulating impacts of estrogen and progesterone (female hormones).

Mammograms reduce your risk or prevent you from having the disease.

Mammograms are used to identify breast cancer that may already exist; thus, it helps decrease death rates among patients with breast cancer. Most cancers have been in existence for six to eight years at the time they are seen on mammograms. This is why it is suggested that women undergo annual breast exam and check their bodies to see likely changes at the earliest possible time.

Only lumps indicate breast cancer.

Lumps are not the only warning sign for breast cancer. It can also be the swelling, warmness, redness or blackening of the breast, as well as the change in the shape or size of this specific part of the body. If you feel itchy on the nipple or observe scaly sore or break outs and/or discharge on it, you may have to meet with a doctor because these are also symptoms of breast cancer.

Breast cancer can be avoided.

You may be able to work on some factors like inactivity and obesity to lower your risk to breast cancer but you cannot avoid it because information is not sufficient about the reasons for the disease for you to be able to fully prevent it. You may choose early detection and screening to be able to have early prognosis to improve odds of survival.

If you are identified as having breast cancer, it means you are going to die.

Breast cancer does not work as death sentence. With the developments in detecting and curing breast cancer, the survival rates have improved. Truth is that over 60 percent of people identified as having this disease have survived five years or longer after detection.

So how will you know if the information is fact or myth? To keep you from believing in myths or the so-called “old-wives tales”, you have to look into the credibility of your sources. You may also ask your physician, nurse and other healthcare professionals to confirm the correctness of the information you read or heard.