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Ten Breast Cancer Myths Dispelled!
December 07, 2012
|Marilyn and I hope you're well and reaping the benefits of adding natures super foods to your diet!
Today J.R. and I thought we'd share with you ten breast cancer myths that should be dispelled!
Myth : Breast Cancer Always Appears as a Lump
A lump is not the only sign of breast cancer.
Watch for any changes in how your breasts look or feel.
See your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following: a change in the shape or size of the breast; an area that feels thick; a dimpled or puckered appearance to the skin; an itchy, scaly area; nipple discharge; pain in one spot; swelling or redness of the breast; or an inverted (pulled inward) nipple, if it has never appeared that way before.
Myth : Antiperspirant and Deodorant Cause Breast Cancer
A widely-circulated Internet story claims that chemicals in these toiletries are absorbed through the skin and can interfere with lymph circulation, causing toxins to build up in the breast and result in cancer.
There’s absolutely no science behind this.
Several studies in the last decade have failed to establish a link between breast cancer and antiperspirant and deodorant use.
Myth : All Lumps Are Cancer
Fortunately, not all lumps are cancer.
But all lumps do need to be evaluated.
The most common benign lumps are cysts, fluid-filled sacs, lumpy areas of tenderness that often occur when your period is about to start, and fibroadenomas, which feel like firm nodules but usually aren't painful.
Your doctor may suggest a biopsy to be sure a lump is benign.
Myth: Only Women with a Family History of Breast Cancer Are at Risk
Simply being a woman is the main risk factor for developing breast cancer.
About 70 to 80 percent of women who get breast cancer don’t have a family history.
For women who do have a family history, it's not a given you'll develop breast cancer.
But you do need to talk to your doctor about your individual risks, such as the possiblity of learning whether you carry inherited gene mutations.
Myth: Breast Cancer Doesn’t Affect African-American Women
While breast cancer is actually less common in African Americans than whites, it's also more deadly.
Evidence suggests that among African-American women younger than age 40, the incidence of breast cancer is higher than in whites, and often the tumors are more aggressive.
We also see more biologically aggressive tumors and more advanced stages when diagnosed among African-American women.
That's why it's vitally important to stay vigilant about regular exams and mammograms.
Myth: If You Have a Biopsy, Breast Cancer Could Spread
This idea may have originated when screening methods and imaging tests weren't as advanced as they are today.
Years ago, exploratory surgery was common and often found advanced cancer.
Patients may have died soon afterwards, and some people mistakenly assumed that surgery caused the cancer to spread, when the spread had actually occurred before the operation.
Myth: Breast Cancer Only Affects Older Women
While risk does increase as we get older, we know breast cancer can occur at any age.
Your best defense?
Get clinical exams when you have gynecological check ups, starting at age 20.
From age 40 onward, get an exam every year, as well as an annual mammogram.
Talk to your doctor about starting mammograms or other screening tests, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), sooner if you have a family history.
Myth: Underwire Bras Cause Breast Cancer
According to another widely-circulated Internet warning, some bras are said to block lymph flow and prevent the elimination of toxins.
There’s no credible evidence behind this one.
One study examined breast cancer rates among women who had surgery that blocked lymph drainage from breast tissue; there was no noticeable increase in breast cancer rates, meaning it's unlikely that wearing a bra, with its minimal (if any) disruption of lymph flow, would do so either.
Myth: You Don’t Need to Examine Your Breasts If You Get Mammograms
Mammograms are about 80 to 90 percent effective at detecting breast cancer in the earliest stages when it's easier to treat.
But they're not perfect.
You should know what's normal for your breasts.
If you find something that makes you uncomfortable, even if you've had a normal mammogram recently, see your doctor immediately.
Myth: Small-Breasted Women Don’t Have to Worry About Breast Cancer
Your risk isn't related to volume at all.
The same goes for large-breasted women, they don't have a greater risk of developing breast cancer.
One important note: While breast size doesn't affect risk, body size does.
Being overweight is linked to a higher risk of developing breast cancer, so try to maintain a healthy weight throughout your lifetime.
...unfortunately, that's all the time we have for today.
We hope this information helps and you found some value in this edition!
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