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Breast Cancer Awareness Month- Busting Myths

A campaign known by the name of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is run annually to help spread awareness about the impact of breast cancer, to support women by helping them get access to the education, screening and aiding them in whatever they need in those tough times.

Breast Cancer is the most widespread type of cancer among women and with its wide prevalence comes a lot of myths around it. Below are some breast cancer myths busted.

1. Underwire Bras increase the risk of breast cancer:

Although the wire in the bra can irritate the skin and doctors recommend wearing bras without wires, yet there is no connection that they can cause breast cancer.

2. People with no family history cannot develop breast cancer:

It is very common for people to think that they cannot have breast cancer because no one in their families had it. But according to Dr. Fancher, “only about 5–10% of breast cancers are caused by a genetic mutation that is passed between family members. This means that the majority of breast cancers are sporadic or have no hereditary cause.”

3. Nipple Piercings can cause breast cancer risk:

It is a myth, nipple piercings do not increase the chances of developing breast cancer, however, they may cause certain infections and difficulty in breastfeeding.

4. Breast cancer only affects women:

Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola.  Men carry a higher mortality than women do, primarily because awareness among men is less.

5. Finding any lump in your breast means it can lead to breast cancer:

Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancerous. But if you do find any lump, make sure to get it clinically tested and consulted as soon as possible.

6. Breast cancer is contagious:

You cannot catch breast cancer from anyone or transfer it to anyone. It is a result of uncontrolled growth of cells and in no way that is contagious.

While breast cancer is common, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, being aware and vigilant towards it is the key to reduce the risk of getting affected.

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