The month of October was designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Remembering the fallen and advancing with good strides toward prevention and cure is both a personal and national act of healing. Breast cancer survivors, family members and even those who have been lucky enough to have never encountered the disease could all do well to understand the reality and misconceptions about cancer of the breast this month.
Many commemorate Cancer of the breast Awareness Month
In 2009, 192,370 brand new cases of invasive cancer of the breast were found in women, reports American Cancer Society. That very same year women were diagnosed with 62,280 early-stage breast cancer. Of those, more than 40,000 were predicted to result in death. Also, 2,000 men were diagnosed with cancer of the breast this past year. Death was a prediction of some of those. About 440 of those were given that diagnosis.
Cancer of the breast misconceptions
You'll get cancer from an underwire bra
This one usually is a false belief about constricting breast tissue. The idea is that the underwire will cause toxins to build up that way causing cancer. The truth, Dr. Deborah Axelrod tells Columbia Broadcasting System, is that no such link exists.
Deodorant causes breast cancer
This is also false, claims Dr. Schnabel. No studies have shown a link between antiperspirant and toxins that trigger cancer of the breast.
Drink from plastic water bottles and get breast cancer
Some believe that cancer can be brought on by water that has been sitting in bottles that leak dioxin to the water. You will find a lot of doctors that entirely disagree with this though. There is not a connection between BPA (bisphenol) and cancer of the breast although some believe that it leaks into the water from the plastic also.
Get cancer of the breast from mammograms
.1 to .2 rads per picture is how much radiation a mammogram releases, Dr. Schnabel tells CBS News. This is less than a woman is exposed to naturally in three months time.
Lumpy breasts always mean greater risk
While lumpy breasts can make breast cancer detection somewhat more difficult, having lumpy breasts doesn't resign a woman to cancer of the breast. However, Dr. Axelrod advises that it is best to treat newly found breast lumps with caution and have a doctor investigate.
No family history, no breast cancer
Family genes can make it easier to get breast cancer. Of course, 80 percent of cases are really just random.