Busting 8 Common Misconceptions About Breast Cancer

By Nitika on October 21, 2021

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found in women. On an average, a woman is diagnosed with it every four minutes in India. With consistently rising numbers, it’s imperative to regularly perform self breast assessment. While breast cancer statistics are certainly concerning, it’s important to not fall for myths surrounding this illness

In this post, we’re debunking common misconceptions about breast cancer. Take a look.

1. A Healthy Lifestyle is Enough to Eliminate Risk
People often think that consuming a healthy diet, refraining from injurious habits, and exercising regularly is enough to keep cancer at bay. Though these habits will certainly boost your health in the long run, they don’t provide any kind of assurity when it comes to cancer. It would be best to take care of your health and also look out for any signs pointing towards breast cancer.

2. Breast Cancer Only Occurs in Women
Breast cancer is far more common in women than in men. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect men. It is extremely rare, but it can happen. Particularly, if you are a man with a family history of breast cancer, you should be aware of any changes.

3. Certain Bras Increase Risk of Breast Cancer
We feel silly to even mention this point, but you’ll be shocked to know how many people genuinely believe certain bras make you more vulnerable to developing breast cancer. Whether you wear an underwire bra or no bra at all, your underwear plays no role in causing breast cancer.

4. You Can’t Get Breast Cancer Without Family History
There’s no doubt that having a family history of breast cancer implies a greater chance of developing it. But just because no one in your family has breast cancer, doesn’t mean you are immune from the illness.

5. Lumps Mean Cancer
If you’ve found a lump in your breast, there is no point in panicking before consulting a doctor. Not every lump indicates breast cancer. A lump can be benign and nothing to worry about. You should immediately consult a professional and get the necessary screening done to ensure it’s not harmful.

6. Fertility Treatments Increase Risk
One of the most common misconceptions about IVF treatment is that it increases the risk of breast cancer. However, there is no research supporting this claim. You aren’t at a higher risk if you’re considering this fertility treatment.

7. Mammogram Spreads Cancer
It’s no secret that a mammogram or X-ray exposes your body to radiation. That being said, the radiation dose is so small that it hardly affects your body. Whether you are scheduled for a mammogram or biopsy, you can rest assured that these processes won’t spread or cause breast cancer.

8. It Only Happens to Older Adults
There’s no doubt that breast cancer largely affects older women in their sixties. However, women of all ages, including teenagers, are susceptible to breast cancer.

Final Thoughts
Awareness and early diagnosis can be life saving. If detected on time, the odds of survival are higher than many other types of cancer. Hopefully, this post encourages you to take proactive interest in your health by conducting routine self assessments.

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