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Common Breast Cancer Myths
Busted
  1. If you don’t have a family history of breast cancer, you can’t get breast cancer.

  2. If you have a family history of breast cancer, you are automatically at a much higher risk of developing breast cancer.

  3. Most breast lumps are cancerous.

  4. Wearing an underwire bra increases your risk of getting breast cancer.

  5. Breast implants can raise your cancer risk.

  6. Caffeine causes breast cancer.

  7. Soy causes breast cancer.

  8. Wearing an anti-perspirant increases your risk of getting breast cancer.

  9. Hair coloring causes breast cancer.

  10. All women have the same 1 in 8 chance of getting breast cancer.

  11. Small-breasted women have less chance of getting breast cancer.

  12. Fertility treatments increase the risk of getting breast cancer.

  13. Living near power lines can cause breast cancer.

  14. Overweight women have the same breast cancer risk as other women.

  15. Breast cancer always comes in the form of a lump.

  16. You father’s family history of breast cancer doesn’t affect your risk as much as your mother’s.

  17. If you’re at risk for breast cancer, there’s little you can do but watch for the signs.

  18. Annual mammograms expose you to so much radiation that they increase your risk of cancer.

  19. Needle biopsies can disturb cancer cells and cause them to spread to other parts of the body.

  20. If your mammography report is negative, there is nothing else to worry about.

  21. Exposing a tumor to air during surgery causes cancer to spread.

  22. You can’t get breast cancer after a mastectomy.

  23. Removing the entire breast gives you a better chance of surviving cancer than having a lumpectomy with radiation therapy.

  24. Breast cancer is completely preventable.

  25. If you get breast cancer, you will die from breast cancer

Signs and Symptoms
Self Breast Examination
Reducing Your Risk
Breast Cancer Myths
Genetic Testing
Diet, Exercise and Breast Cancer
For Patients