Myth: Breast cancer is a death sentence.
Truth: If detected and treated early enough, breast cancer need not result in death. Early detection can help save lives and breasts.
Myth: Breast cancer is contagious.
Truth: You cannot be infected with breast cancer through physical contact (touching, drinking out of the same cup, sharing food, or having sex).
Myth: If I have bigger breasts, I have a higher chance of getting breast cancer.
Truth: This has not been proven by research. Someone who is well-endowed has an equal chance of getting breast cancer as one who has smaller breasts. Being overweight, however, does increase your risk.
Myth: Deodorants, anti-perspirants or wearing bras cause cancer.
Truth: To date, there is no scientific data to support these claims.
Myth: All breast lumps are cancerous.
Truth: Nine out of 10 breast lumps are not cancer. Besides, a persistent lump or thickening in the breast or armpit area, other signs of breast cancer include:
* A change in the size or shape of the breast
* Changes in the colour or skin of the breast, areola or nipple (e.g. dimpling, puckering or scaling)
* Blood or discharge from the nipple
* A newly retracted (pulled in) nipple
Myth: An injury to the breast can cause cancer.
Truth: A bruise or hit to the breast won’t cause cancer. If cancer develops in a spot that has been injured, it is just a coincidence.
Myth: As long as I have had a mammogram that did not show any abnormalities, I am safe from breast cancer.
Truth: Cancer can occur at any time. That’s why it is recommended that women screen themselves as follows:
Age 20-39 40-49 50 & above
Do Breast Self Examination (BSE) once every month Yes Yes Yes
Go for a Clinical Breast Examination by a Healthcare professional once a year Yes Yes
Go for a mammogram Yes. (Once a year) Yes. (Once in 2 years unless otherwise recommended by a doctor)
Myth: Radiation from mammography is dangerous.
Truth: The amount of radiation from mammography equipment is actually very low. Do not let fear of exposure to radiation or of pain keep you from getting regular mammograms.
Myth: Breast cancer lumps are painful and grow fast.
Truth: Breast cancer lumps tend to be painless, hard, and persist even after a few menstrual cycles. They usually grow slowly. If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, take a little time to talk to relevant people or even seek a second opinion before deciding on treatment.
Myth: Mastectomy (removal of the entire breast) is the only way to get rid of breast cancer.
Truth: Mastectomy is not required for all breast cancers. Thanks to new technology, recent research and improved therapies, those diagnosed with breast cancer have a variety of options, depending on the stage and type of breast cancer. Read More