FACT – Women who started menstruating early, especially before age 12, have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer. The increase in risk could be due to a longer lifetime exposure to the hormones estrogen and progesterone.
FICTION – Men do not get breast cancer. This is a myth. Men can get breast cancer. Each year, it is estimated that approximately 2,190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Of that, 410 will die. Men carry a higher mortality than women do. This is primarily due to awareness among men is less. In addition, they are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, which can cause a delay in seeking treatment.
FACT – Each year, it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer. More than 40,500 will die.
FICTION – If you have a family history of breast cancer, you are likely to develop breast cancer, too. This is a myth. While women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, most women who have breast cancer do not have a family history of breast cancer. Only about 10% of individuals diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of this disease.
FACT – Overweight and obese women, who have a body mass index over 25, have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer compared to women who maintain a healthy weight. It’s even higher after menopause.
FICTION – Antiperspirants can cause cancer. This is a myth. There is no scientific evidence to support the claim that antiperspirants cause breast cancer.
FACT – Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women. Only lung cancer accounts for more cancer deaths among women.
FICTION – Wearing a bra can increase your risk of breast cancer. This is a myth. A 2014 scientific study looked at the link between wearing a bra and breast cancer. There was no real difference in risk between women did or didn’t wear a bra.