Experts from the National Cancer Institute help us “pop” some breast cancer myths.
Myth No. 1
Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer.
The Truth: Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer. But if you discover a persistent lump in your breast or notice any changes in breast tissue, it should never be ignored. See a physician for a clinical breast exam immediately.
Myth No. 2
A mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread.
The Truth: A mammogram, or X-ray of the breast, currently remains the gold standard for the early detection of breast cancer. Breast compression during a mammogram cannot cause cancer to spread.
Myth No. 3
Mammograms expose you to radiation, which can be harmful and even cause cancer.
The Truth: According to the National Cancer Institute, “The benefits of mammography nearly always outweigh the potential harm from the radiation exposure. Mammograms require very small doses of radiation. The risk of harm from this radiation exposure is extremely low.”
Myth No. 4
Antiperspirants and deodorants cause breast cancer.
The Truth: Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are not aware of any conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer.
Courtesy of the National Cancer Institute.