Breast cancer is one of the scariest things a woman has to face; but there are also a lot of misconceptions about the disease. Here are a few of the biggest ones:
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world.
Fact: In addition to being the most diagnosed cancer, breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women. Every 2 minutes one case of breast cancer is diagnosed in the U.S.
If your mom had breast cancer you’ll likely get breast cancer too.
Fiction: A recent study found only 10% of people diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of the disease.
There’s nothing a person can do to lower their risk of developing breast cancer.
Fiction: Statistically 90% of breast cancers are impacted by a patient’s lifestyle and environment.
If you find a lump in your breast, you likely don’t have breast cancer.
Fact: Only a small percentage of lumps are actually cancerous. However, if you feel a lump or notice differences in breast tissue over time you should let your doctor know.
Wearing an underwire bra increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.
Fiction: A 2014 study found no link between wearing an underwire bra and a woman getting breast cancer.