You can develop breast cancer even if it doesn't run in your family.
A monthly self-breast check is the most effective way to detect breast cancer.
Aluminum salts in antiperspirants cause breast cancer.
Lumps on breasts always indicate cancer.
5 Things About Breast Cancer You Should Know
1. Wearing an underwire bra causes breast cancer.
The urban myth about underwire bras, or even wearing bras at all came about in the early 90s. It was believed that bras inhibited lymphatic drainage. Toxins would then accumulate in the body which eventually led to cancer. Numerous studies have been conducted and there is no evidence for biological reasons that could link these two. No bra burning activity required.
2. You can develop breast cancer even if it doesn't run in your family.
You are still able to develop breast cancer even if you don't have a family history of breast cancer. In fact, about two-thirds of people who were diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease. But if you do have a family history of breast cancer, you're at risk of inheriting the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation from a parent. This increases your risk of developing breast cancer to about 70%.
3. A monthly self-breast check is the most effective way to detect breast cancer.
A monthly self-breast check, if done properly, is useful to help you get familiar with your breasts' shape, color, and size. But there is little evidence to support routine monthly self-breast checks as being the most effective way to detect breast cancer for average-risk women. Complement your self-checks with having a doctor or nurse conduct a clinical breast exam when you're having a pap smear. And if you're over 40, go for a mammogram. Despite this, you know your breast best. So if something doesn't look or feel right, consult your doctor.
4. Men can get breast cancer.
A man's breast tissue and cells can develop cancer even though they don't have milk-producing breasts. Still, it is not common. According to the CDC, about 1 out of every 100 breast cancers diagnosed in the United States is found in a man.
4. Lumps on breasts always indicate cancer.
No need to panic if you feel a lump in your breast. Most breast lumps are not cancerous. Your breast tissue changes throughout your entire life. It is sensitive to hormonal changes during your menstrual cycle. But do consult your doctor if you notice apparent changes like a hard lump or knot near your underarm, thickening or prominent fullness that's different from the surrounding tissue, skin changes like redness or rashes and clear or bloody discharge from the nipple.