Some Common Myths About Breast Cancer

by Michael Russell - Date: 2007-01-21 - Word Count: 495 Share This!

Myth: People who are at high risk of breast cancer cannot do anything about it.

This is not true. There are many ways in which to reduce but not eliminate the risk of a high risk individual. These would include changing ones lifestyle by exercising regularly, not smoking, not consuming or minimizing the intake of alcohol, by taking medication and also in extreme cases by undergoing surgery.

Myth: Breast cancer can be caused by antiperspirants.

This has no truth whatsoever. There is no direct connection between the active ingredient in the antiperspirant and the occurrence of breast cancer. It is believed by some that the use of antiperspirants block the body's toxins from being released with perspiration as antiperspirants causes the individual not to perspire. These trapped toxins then, it is believed, are deposited in the lymph nodes which are located below the arms and thereby causes breast cancer. Perspiration is made up of 99.9% of potassium, water, magnesium and sodium and no toxins whatsoever.

Myth: Breast cancer is caused by stress.

This is not so. Research shows no evidence that stressed or anxious people are more likely to get cancer when compared to people who are of a more relaxed disposition.

Myth: Consuming foods high in fat causes breast cancer.

This is not so as several in-dept studies have been unable to find a connection between high risk of breast cancer and consuming high fat content food. However, research is still being done to shed light on this issue. However it is always healthier if we can avoid high fat containing foods, thereby regulating our weight, as being overweight is another risk factor for breast cancer, as when an individual is overweight the extra fat causes an increased production of the hormone estrogen.

Myth: The best way to diagnose breast cancer is by monthly breast self examination.

This is not so. The use of mammography is the best and most reliable method of diagnosing breast cancer. Breast cancer diagnosis by mammography can be detected earlier than by self examination as the smaller size of the cancer that would be detected by mammography cannot be detected by self examination of the breast. Early detection would mean that it has a better chance of being cured.

Myth: Only older women are affected by breast cancer.

It is a fact that as a woman's age increases the risks of getting breast cancer too increase but breast cancer is not confined to older women only, a woman of any age can get the disease. From birth until the age of 39 < 0.5 % of women are at risk, that is, every one woman in 231. 4% are at risk in the 40 - 59 age groups, that is, one woman in 25. About 7% are at risk in the 60 - 79 age groups, that is, one woman in 15. The risk of getting breast cancer when considering the entire lifetime (that is if you live to about 90 years of age) of an individual is 14.3%, that is, one in 7.

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