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Common Misconception

Eating fatty foods causes breast cancer.

 

Reality Check!

Research studies have not been able to prove that there is clearly a direct correlation between the fat content in food and the dangerous factors that lead to all forms of Breast Cancer, however it has been proven to be a risk factor increasing the chances of Breast Cancer in post-menopausal women.  The exact function of high-fat foods in the development of breast cancer is still under further investigation also due to its contributory role in many other illnesses. It is advisable to stay away from high fat content foods for several reasons that include decreasing cholesterol levels that harm the body and maintaining a healthy diet to help control one's weight and overall health. Unregulated consumption of high-fat foods can lead to obesity and the presence of unhealthy fats in the body can contribute to estrogen production outside the ovaries which can prompt the development of Breast Cancer. 

 

Common Misconception

Breast cancer is a fatal disease that kills all patients.

 

Reality Check!

There has been a noticeable increase in the number of women diagnosed with Breast Cancer each year, but the mortality rate is significantly decreasing. Some reasons for this phenomenon comprise the enhanced availability and nature of resources for treatment and early detection of tumors through both Breast Self-examination and various technologies including X-Ray Mammography.

 

Common Misconception

It is likely that any woman showing one of the signs of Breast Cancer will most probably have the disease.

 

Reality Check!

It is true that there are many risk factors that can contribute to a woman's susceptibility of to developing Breast Cancer, yet this does not mean that a woman exhibiting any one of these risk factors will necessarily have the illness. In some cases women may have one or more of these risk factors but never actually develop Breast Cancer, while the majority of women living with the disease did not exhibit have any of these warning signs. Being aware of the risk factors of Breast Cancer cause women to pay more attention to their body's conditions, and to have routine medical check-ups which will pave the way for early detection of tumors.

 

Common Misconception

Breast Cancer is a contagious disease since it can occur in families with many members affected over time or many women can be diagnosed in single communities at the same time.

 

Reality Check!

 

Based on a great deal of epidemiological data and various scientific studies it is certain that Breast Cancer is not passed from person to person like an infectious disease.  Contagiousness has nothing to do with genetic mutations or inheritance patterns of disease.  Like other forms of Cancer, Breast Cancer is the result of unnatural cell division producing extra cells that amass to form a growth or tumor.      

 

Common Misconception

A woman with a family history of Breast Cancer will surely get the disease.

 

Reality Check!

 

Women with a family history of Breast Cancer or close relative (mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, aunt etc.) afflicted with the illness have a greater than average risk for also developing it. Since risk factors are not causative, a woman with a family history of the disease does not imply that she will certainly develop Breast Cancer.  A majority of women diagnosed with Breast Cancer never had any close affected relatives.  It is thus important for all women to have routine screenings and women with a significant family history of the disease should have a mammogram done every three years.     

 

 

Common Misconception

X-Ray Mammography can cause the cancer to spread to other body parts.

 

Reality Check!

A mammogram is basically a picture of the X-Ray done of the Breast region. The pressure from the X-Ray machine on the Breast area can NOT cause the spread of the cancer in the body. Any woman getting a mammogram done should follow the specialist's instructions exactly but should also feel free to ask any questions and express any concerns.

Common Misconception

Only 50 year old women are susceptible to Breast Cancer. 

 

Reality Check!

 Although as a woman gets older, her risk for developing Breast Cancer increases, this does not mean that women at younger ages can not also develop the disease.  Advanced forms of Breast cancer is perpetuated by late detection of the tumors, failure to utilize methods of early detection such as Breast Self-Examination, and neglect to seek immediate medical help after discovery of unnatural lump in the breast.

 

Common Misconception

Finding an unnatural lump on the breasts means that a woman has Breast Cancer.

 

Reality Check!

While you are undergoing a Breast-Self-examination if unnatural lumps, infections, or any irregularities are detected, you should immediately consult a specialist doctor.  It is possible that detected irregularities are not cancerous, however it is only a specialist doctor that can identify and determine its nature.  Sometimes women may avoid seeking immediate help from healthcare facilities as they are afraid of what they might discover. You should be responsible for your own health through Breast Self-examination, routine visits to specialist doctors and undergoing routine X-Ray Mammography.  By taking a proactive approach to your health, you can control and increase your chances of early detection and curability.

 

Common Misconception

Breast cancer is a disease that is only found in women and not in men.

 

Reality Check!

Statistics in the United States of America have proven that women are only more susceptible to the disease than men, where for every 135 cases of Breast Cancer in women, one man is diagnosed. Men should also take a proactive approach to their Breast health to encourage early detection and curability if irregularities are present.




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