Tips About Brest Cancer

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

Tips About Brest Cancer