For those affected by breast cancer, searching for answers can lead to many myths and misunderstandings. The people I know in the breast cancer community report that everyone seems to have an opinion about the possible causes.
Let's leave it up to the experts to explain and demystify what is true and not true. Here are some of the most common myths:
1) Dump Your Deodorant It Causes Breast Cancer
According to BreastCancerAbout.com, some tissue samples from breast cancer patients contained parabens, in a study. Parabens were also found in deodorants. However, the site goes on to say, “there is no clear link between antiperspirants and the start of breast cancer.”
2) Skip the Mammogram Because It Will Make Cancer Spread
Using a mammogram to detect breast cancer has been the preferred method. According to NationalBreastCancer.org, the myth that breast compression while getting a mammogram causes the cancer to spread is not true. “Mammograms require very small doses of radiation. The risk of harm from this radiation exposure is extremely low.”
3) Burn Your Bra Because It Causes Breast Cancer
According to BreastCancerAbout.com, that rumor started in the 1990s as a result of a book written by an author who had an undiagnosed lump in her breast. On ScientificAmerican.com, Louise Brinton, chief of the hormonal and reproductive epidemiology branch of the National Cancer Institute said, "It just really is not logical in terms of what would increase your risk of breast cancer."
4) Guys Can't Get Breast Cancer
According to an article on BreastCancer.org, while breast cancer in men is rare, they can still get it. “Less than 1% of all breast cancers occur in men. In 2015, about 2,350 men are expected to be diagnosed with the disease. For men, the lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.”
5) If you Carry the Breast Cancer Gene, You will Get Cancer