Breast Cancer Myths

Breast Cancer Myths – Part 2

Breast implants increase cancer risk.

Women with breast implants do not have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. However, standard mammograms do not always work in women with implants, so additional X-rays may be required to detect abnormalities.

Wearing antiperspirant causes breast cancer.

Internet rumors purport that wearing antiperspirant can cause breast cancer. However, research does not support this common myth.


You can prevent breast cancer.

While it is true that you can mitigate your risk of developing breast cancer by controlling factors like diet, exercise, and choosing not to smoke – there is no fail-safe way to prevent the disease.


Caffeine causes breast cancer.

Most research shows that caffeine does not increase your risk of developing breast cancer. Moreover, a recent study confirmed that consumption of caffeine reduced breast cancer risk in post-menopausal women.

If your mother didn’t have breast cancer, neither will you.

If your first-degree relative— a parent, sibling, or child—had breast cancer, your risk of developing the disease doubles. But even if no one in your family suffered from cancer, that doesn’t mean that you are in the clear. Over 70 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no identifiable risk factors.

All women have an equal chance of developing breast cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer. However, the risk increases with age. For example, a woman in her 30’s has a 1 in 233 chance of developing the disease, while an 85 year-old woman has a 1 in 8 chance of getting it.

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