When it comes to your health, getting the wrong information can be downright dangerous. At Asante, when it’s about breast cancer, we want to bust some myths for good—for the good of your health.
Myth 1: Mammograms don’t help.
Busted! Although not perfect, mammograms are the best tools doctors have for early detection. Mammograms detect about 80 to 90 percent of breast cancers in women without symptoms.
Myth 2: Mammograms cause cancer.
Busted! It’s like getting an X-ray. Mammogram radiation doses have consistently decreased while accuracy has increased. The benefits of detecting a life-threatening disease outweigh the small potential of harm from radiation exposure.
Myth 3: There’s no family history, so I’m not at risk.
Busted! 70 to 80 percent of women who develop breast cancer have no family history. Annual mammography is recommended, starting at age 40.
Myth 4: Most breast masses are cancer.
Busted! Not all lumps mean cancer; in fact, most breast changes are not cancer. Non-cancerous breast conditions such as fibrosis, cysts, and mastitis are very common and rarely life threatening.
Myth 5: Breast cancer is a death sentence.
Busted! A woman with breast cancer is on average living significantly longer. Advances in early detection and treatment have revolutionized the management of cancer, leading to increased survival rates.
Myth 6: Monthly breast self-exams aren’t necessary.
Busted! Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel, and then report any breast changes to their health-care provider right away. Breast self-exams are a great way to know if changes occur, and are an option for women beginning in their 20s.
Myth 7: I’m too young to get breast cancer.
Busted! Breast cancer is most common in women over age 50, but it can still affect younger women. Increasing age is a risk factor for breast cancer, so the older you are the more likely you are to get breast cancer. However, that doesn’t mean younger women aren’t vulnerable. Breast cancer can be diagnosed at any age, and tends to be more aggressive in younger women.
Myth 8: I eat well and exercise regularly, so I’m not at risk.
Busted! Keep up the good work as there's evidence that a healthy diet and regular exercise can help ward off some cancers. However, still get tested. A healthy lifestyle may lower your risk of getting breast cancer, but it doesn't eliminate it.
Myth 9: A mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread.
Busted! Breast compression while getting a mammogram cannot cause cancer to spread according to the NIH National Cancer Institute. The standard recommendation is an annual mammogram for women beginning at age 40.
Myth 10: Antiperspirants and deodorants cause breast cancer.
Busted! Researchers at the National Cancer Institute are not aware of any conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer.
Myth 11: Plastic surgery causes breast cancer.
Busted! There is no link between either enhancing or reducing bust size and breast cancer. Implants can make mammograms more difficult, but they do not make cancer more likely. Women who have breast reduction surgery may actually see a decrease in breast cancer risk, depending on the amount of breast tissue removed.
Myth 12: Only women get breast cancer.
Busted! Each year approximately 2,190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and nearly 20 percent of them will die. While the percentage may be small, men should also be aware of changes to their breasts. In men, breast cancer is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola.
Don't let a myth stop you from getting a lifesaving screening.
Bust a move today and call to schedule your mammogram!
Asante Women's Imaging
Asante Women's Imaging