BREAST CANCER FACT VS FICTION

According to the World Health Organisation, breast cancer impacts 2.1 million women each year. In 2018, 15% of all cancer deaths in women were due to breast cancer. Men, however, can also develop breast cancer.

Fact vs. fiction
Distinguishing between fiction and fact when it comes to breast cancer awareness can be tricky, particularly if you don’t personally know anyone who has/had it. Educate yourself by distinguishing between the facts and fiction by reading the information below.

Factsvs.Fiction
Men also get breast cancer, as do young peoplevs.Only older women get breast cancer
There is no scientific evidence that wearing a bra, wireless or not, causes breast cancervs.Bra’s cause breast cancer
Science shows no link between breast cancer and deodorant or anti-perspirant usevs.Anti-perspirant or deodorant causes breast cancer
Breast cancer can represent in a net-shape or small knots that are difficult to feel with fingersvs.Breast cancer always represents as a lump
Most patients diagnosed with breast cancer had no family history prior to diagnosisvs.Having no history of breast cancer in your family, means you are not at risk of getting it
Many healthy people develop breast cancervs.A healthy lifestyle means you won’t get breast cancer
Mammography is the best option we have right now, but it isn’t always effective in detecting breast cancer
early
vs.Annual mammograms are a guarantee that breast cancer will be detected in time

Screening

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest the following:

·         If you’re a woman aged 50 and over, have a mammogram every two years to screen for breast cancer.

·         If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, you can start having mammograms and/ or MRI’s from age 40.

Do a self-exam monthly by using your hands to feel your breasts and underarms for irregularities. Report these irregularities to your health care provider.

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