5 complete myths about breast cancer

When it comes to matters of health, it’s easy to get misinformation. Breast cancer has a ton of awareness, but yet, there are still things about it that people get wrong.

Here are five myths about cancer debunked:

MYTH No. 1: Drinking dairy causes breast cancer. TRUTH: Studies over the span of decades have shown that consuming dairy does not increase your risk of breast cancer.

MYTH No. 2: Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer. TRUTH: While lumps should never be ignored, especially persistent ones, there are only a small percentage of lumps that actually turn out to be breast cancer. Be sure to see a physician for a breast exam.

MYTH No. 3: Having a family history of breast cancer means you’re more likely to get it. TRUTH: Here’s the thing, even though women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, most women who get breast cancer don’t have a history of it in their family. According to NationalBreastCancer.org, only about 10% of people diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history.

MYTH No. 4: Deodorants and antiperspirants cause breast cancer. TRUTH: National Cancer Institute researchers have not found any conclusive evidence that links the use of deodorant or antiperspirant and breast cancer.

MYTH No. 5: Mammograms can spread breast cancer. TRUTH: Mammograms use tiny doses of radiation, so the risk of harm from this is extremely low, according to the National Cancer Institute. Additionally, breast compression from a mammogram can not cause cancer to spread. Mammograms remain the gold standard for early detection of breast cancer and are recommended for women 40 and older.