4 Popular Breast Cancer Myths Busted
The days of trekking to your local library in search of encyclopedic truth are dead and buried in the 90’s. The internet is abuzz with information about everything, especially when it comes to breast cancer and women’s health. Unfortunately – not all of that information is true.
Let Bergen Imaging Center set the record straight – and clarify some popular misconceptions about breast cancer.
All lumps mean cancer
Oh no! You’ve found a lump in your breast. Before you panic, realize that 80 percent of breast lumps are benign, caused by cysts, hormonal changes, and other factors. Doctors advise reporting all changes because catching breast cancer early can save your life. So, let your physician know if something is amiss, and he or she can prescribe a mammogram, ultrasound, or biopsy if necessary.
Lumps are the only sign of cancer
While a lump could indicate breast cancer, it is not the only sign. During your breast self-examination, pay attention to all changes, including, but not limited to, breast and nipple pain and tenderness, nipple retraction, thickening of skin on the breast or nipple, and discharge. Contact your doctor if you notice anything abnormal.
Only women develop breast cancer
Did you know that men can develop breast cancer too? While uncommon – less than one percent of all breast cancers occur in men – as many as 2,600 men are expected to be diagnosed with the disease in 2016.
Mammograms cause breast cancer
Mammograms expose patients to low levels of radiation – but not enough to cause cancer. The benefits of early detection via mammogram far outweigh any associated negligible risks. Early detection saves lives.