Myths

Myths

What are some of the unproven risk factors (myths) associated with breast cancer?

Myth

True or False

Using antiperspirant deodorants causes breast cancer.

False, there is no evidence

Wearing a tight bra causes breast cancer.

False, there is no evidence

A bump or knock to the breast causes breast cancer.

False, there is no evidence

Women with larger breasts are more likely to have breast cancer.

False, there is no evidence to suggest a link between the size of a woman's breasts and breast cancer.

Only your mother's family history of breast cancer can affect your risk of breast cancer.

False, a history of breast cancer in either your mother's OR your father's family will influence your risk

If breast cancer doesn't run in my family, then I won't get it.

False, every woman has some risk of breast cancer. 9 out of 10 women who get breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease

Having a mammogram will prevent breast cancer.

False, mammograms (breast X-rays) cannot prevent breast cancer. Mammograms can detect breast cancer early, which increases your chances of successful treatment.

Regular self examinations are the best way to detect breast cancer.

False, a mammogram is the most reliable way to detect breast cancer. But being aware of changes in your breasts and having regular breast examinations by your family doctor/GP are recommended.

 

Last Updated: 07/04/2014