Breast cancer is the second-most common type of cancer among American women. Though there have been amazing breast cancer awareness campaigns in recent years, many people still believe persistent breast cancer myths. Accurate information is essential for identifying and treating breast cancer, which is why the medical professionals at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point work hard to dispel certain breast cancer myths.
Only women get breast cancer
Though the vast majority of breast cancer cases affect women, more than 2,000 American men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Men also tend to have a higher mortality rate, as male breast cancer is relatively rare and men are less likely to receive timely breast cancer treatment.
A lump on your breast is a sure sign of cancer
It’s important for all women to perform breast self-exams at least once a month. Though finding a lump is definitely a cause for a concern, you shouldn’t panic; most breast lumps turn out to be benign, or non-cancerous. Still, it’s essential to have all breast abnormalities examined.
Deodorant can cause breast cancer to develop
At some point in the past few decades, there began a rumor that antiperspirant and deodorant can increase one’s risk of cancer. This is likely because these products are applied near where breast cancer often develops. However, researchers have been unable to identify a link between deodorant and the development of breast cancer.
Mammograms can make breast cancer worse
Some people assume that the radiation exposure from a mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread. However, a mammogram involves a very small dose of radiation, and the benefits of breast cancer screening far outweigh the risk of radiation exposure. Most doctors recommend that women undergo annual mammograms beginning at age 40.
All women (and men) should be aware of their risk of developing breast cancer. To learn more about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 741-5119. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has successfully treated hundreds of cancer patients.