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14 Breast Cancer Myths You Ought To Know

14 Breast Cancer Myths You Ought To Know

Breast cancer cases are rapidly rising in India and internationally. It is important to have verified information rather than simply trust something we have heard or seen on the internet. That’s why in this blog, Dr Shweta breaks down the 14 most heard myths about breast cancer. Let’s get straight to it!

1. Only women can develop breast cancer.

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2. Breast cancer always presents as a lump.

Not true: There are many signs and symptoms of breast cancer like nipple discharge, inverted nipple, etc. Watch this video to know more about these signs.

3. Bigger breasts have a higher chance of developing breast cancer.

Not true: There is no study that has proved this and hence all kinds of breast have an equal chance of developing breast cancer.

4. Wearing a bra causes breast cancer.

Not true: There are many signs and symptoms of breast cancer like nipple discharge, inverted nipple, etc. Watch this video to know more about these signs.

5. Breast cancer occurs in middle aged women.

Not true: Breast cancer has been detected in people who are in their mid-twenties as well. It is best to do regular self-examinations and report any signs to your doctor immediately.

6. Any lump found in a breast is cancerous.

Not true: 9 out of 10 lumps found in the breast are non-cancerous. It is best to consult a doctor immediately if you feel a lump in your breast.

7. Breast cancer is a death sentence.

Not true: Early detection and timely treatment can save your life as well as your breast. Watch this video to know how early detection can help.

8. Only those with a family history of breast cancer are at the risk of developing it.

Not true: Those with a family history do have a higher risk of developing breast cancer but statistically only 10-15% of those who have developed breast cancer have a positive family history.

9. Breast implants cause breast cancer.

Not true: The risk for breast cancer is the same in breasts with or without implants.

10. Breast cancer is contagious.

Not true: You cannot develop breast cancer by touch, proximity and exchange of bodily fluids.

11. Consuming too much sugar and caffeine causes breast cancer.

Not true: There is no study yet that proves a relationship between breast cancer with caffeine and sugar.

12. Using deodorants directly on the breast or axilla can cause breast cancer.

Not true: There is no study that has proven this yet.

13. Injury to the breast can cause cancer.

Not true: Injury causes hematoma, but many times people notice an already present lump in the breast because of an injury.

14. Mammography can cause breast cancer to spread.

Not true: Mammography is a world-known gold standard for detecting breast cancer and a very minimum dose of radiation is used during the process which causes no harm. We can’t stop cancer from happening but we can take care of ourselves better. Don’t forget to watch this video where Dr Shweta speaks about the unusual signs of breast cancer. If you have any questions, drop them in the comments below or message us on WhatsApp.

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