Knocking Out Common Breast Cancer Myths
I recently completed the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk in support of breast cancer awareness. Throughout the 3 days, 60 miles, and hundreds of people encountered, I was surprised to hear a couple breast cancer myths discussed as if they were factual. In fact, in our internet driven society, I am surprised that there are still so many myths about breast cancer at all much less in a setting where so many have been personally affected by the disease. So, in an effort to discredit some popular myths and help spread awareness, I will list some breast cancer myths:
Myth: Finding a lump in your breast always leads to breast cancer.
Truth: If you discover a persistent lump in your breast or notice any changes in breast tissue, go talk to your doctor. Though it is important for all women to have consistent self-checks, remember that only a small percentage of lumps will lead to a breast cancer diagnosis. Knowledge is power and you won’t know to ask your doctor about a concerning change if you aren’t performing these checks!
Myth: Breast implants can increase your breast cancer risk.
Truth: According to modern research, women with breast implants are at no greater risk of getting breast cancer. However, standard mammograms don’t always work as well after implants, so additional X-rays are sometimes needed to more fully examine breast tissue. If you’re considering plastic surgery, be sure to consider Scottsdale AZ breast augmentation for the most modern and safe options available.
Myth: Antiperspirants and deodorants actually cause breast cancer.
Truth: Contrary to some beliefs, researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are not aware of any conclusive evidence linking the use of antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer.
Myth: Breast reconstruction is nearly impossible after a mastectomy.
Truth: If you need a mastectomy, you have a choice to rebuild the shape of the breast by breast reconstruction. With modern-day medical options, breast reconstruction is a viable option. Either way, a mastectomy is SO NOT the end of the world. This is just one way to turn tragedy into empowerment, these women have had tattoos displaying power and life placed over the scars breast cancer left them with: Beautiful testimony
Myth: I’m not 40 yet. I don’t need to worry about breast cancer
Fact: Though it’s not EXTREMELY common for young women to be diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute 1 in 277 women will be diagnosed before they turn 40. Those odds are worth knowing your body. Those odds are worth taking a self-evaluation once a month. If you notice consistent changes in your body like weight fluctuations, hair loss, brittle nails, dry skin, or breast lumps, speak to your doctor about it. It might not be anything, but it might be something. Again, knowledge is power and no one can pay attention to the cues your body is sending you as feverishly as you can.