Breast Cancer Myths

Breast Cancer Myths

Breast cancer is the leading cancer among women. The usual symptoms of the condition are abnormal lumps and any irregular changes in the size and appearance of the breast.  

Hormonal and lifestyle factors play a role in the development of the disease. You might have a higher chance of having breast cancer if you or your family have a history of having the condition, including radiation exposure.  


Know the truth behind these common breast cancer myths:  

  • Breast injury can cause cancer: breast injury may result in bruising or some tenderness, which can seem like a symptom of the disease. In addition, if a doctor performed a mammogram after the injury, it may show an irregular mass with jagged edges.  
  • IVF increases the chance of breast cancer: a 2016 study found that fertility treatment, in vitro fertilization, was not associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.  
  • Breast cancer only affects older adults: Young adults aged 15 to 39 account for 5.6% of all invasive breast cancer in women.  
  • No lump, no breast cancer: Breast cancer is not always diagnosed with a lump. Several women are diagnosed with breast cancer without having the apparent symptoms of the disease. A screening test can accurately confirm whether or not you have breast cancer. 


How to Know if You Have Breast Cancer?  

The most definitive way to diagnose breast cancer is through a biopsy. A needle device is used to extract a core of tissue from a suspicious area.  

Symptoms of the disease also include:  

  • A lump or a thickening of skin that feels different to the surrounding area  
  • Redness or pitting skin around your breast  
  • Changes to the size, shape, and skin appearance of the breast  
  • An inverted nipple  
  • Peeling, scaling, or flaking of the surrounding area  


If you are suspicious of the changes around your breast, visit your doctor for a more accurate diagnosis.  



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