14 Wrong Facts About Breast Cancer You Should Know

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Unfortunately, many women experience breast cancer. It's one of the biggest problems that women face. Though with an early diagnosis a lot can be prevented, many women still don't know what to do. We hope to show you the things that you may know that are wrong and the things you can do to prevent experiencing major damages.

Only people with a history of breast cancer in their family is at risk.

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Truth: It can be said that 70% of women, in general, are under this risk. But if they have a family history of breast cancer, this percentage gets higher.

If you wear underwired bra, the risk is higher.

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Truth: It's claimed that underwired bras compress toxic substances that cause breast cancer in the lymphatic system. Experts think that neither what you wear nor any other clothing material has an effect to this.

The more lumps you have in your breast, the higher the chance of having breast cancer.

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Truth: 80% of the lumps in breasts is benign. Women have lumps that don't cause cancer. That's why early diagnosis is important in breast cancer. To determine if a lump is dangerous or not, a mammography, ultrasound, or biopsy might be needed.

Breast implants increase the risk of cancer.

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Truth: The risk of cancer is the same whether you have an implant or not.

1 in every 8 women have a risk of getting cancer.

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Truth: These figures are correct as people get older. For example, around the age of 30, 1 in every 233 people has a risk, while this number changes to 1 in every 8 people around the age of 70.

Usage of deodorant increases the risk.

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Truth: It's thought that the paraben in deodorant sprays increases this risk. But the American Cancer Society thinks that this is not certain and further research is needed. In another research study carried out at the same time, paraben was not seen in cancerous cells. The source of the parabens that were seen is still not determined.

Women with smaller breast have less risk of getting cancer.

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Truth: There is no connection between the size of breasts and cancer. Only during a physical examination, it's more difficult to examine bigger breasts compared to smaller breasts.

If you feel lumps, then breast cancer has started.

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Truth: Of course you have to worry if you feel lumps. But besides that, swelling, skin eruption, cavitation, breast pains, rash, and thickening of the breast skin are signs of cancer. That's why regular exams are very important.

Your father's family history is not as important as your mother's.

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Truth: Your father's family history is as important as your mother's. But for both sides, the sicknesses of women are most important. Because women are more vulnerable to getting breast cancer than men.

Because there's too much radiation, having mammography can increase the risk of cancer.

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Truth: There is a risk in this. But this risk is considered less compared to having a late diagnosis and the effect that cancer has. That's why women over 40 should have mammography every 2 years.

Needle biopsy damages the cancer cell and causes the cells to spread to other parts of the body.

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Truth: No spread like this has been seen in any patients having a needle biopsy. Statistically, there's no solid proof to this.

If the mammography results are positive, you have nothing to worry about.

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Truth: While mammography is really important for the diagnosis of cancer, it may not be able to detect cancer between 10%-20% of the time. After this point, it's really important to regularly check for cancer yourself.

Overweight women have the same amount of risk as skinnier women.

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Truth: Being overweight increases the risk of cancer. Women must be careful with the weight they put on, especially after climacteric.

Breast cancer can be prevented.

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Unfortunately, it can't. By making small changes in your lifestyle (smoking less, consuming less alcohol, doing exercise regularly), you can reduce the risk.

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