Debunking the Myths About Breast Cancer: Common Myths, Misconceptions, and
Misinformation About Breast Self Exam
The good news about breast cancer awareness month is that
more women are doing breast self exam, finding small lumps, getting mammograms,
and are diagnosed with cancers small enough to be cured. The bad news is that
there are still dangerous myths circulating about breast cancer and breast self
- First-the myth that "It doesn't matter if you check your breasts monthly:
if you're going to get breast cancer, you're going to get breast cancer".
Trust me: it matters. If you're going to get breast cancer, the earlier you
get diagnosed and treated the better.
- Next, some women think you only have to do a monthly self exam if
you're at increased risk for breast cancer. In fact, eight out of
ten women with breast cancer have no other risks than being female.
- Women with lumpy (or "fibrocystic") breasts, may feel like they won't
be able to tell if there's anything abnormal anyway, so why bother.
Get to know your breasts' feel; anything new or unusual will be clear to you
and should be reported to your physician.
- Last but not least: the Internet myth that antiperspirant causes breast
cancer: This is totally false-and not using antiperspirant will
make you get stinky.
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Created: 10/18/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.