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Breast Cancer Awareness: Myths Debunked

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Breast Cancer Awareness is a cause that Acloché strongly supports. Below are common myths concerning breast cancer and the real truth behind them.

Myth: A lump in the breast means you have breast cancer.

Truth: Only a small percentage of lumps turn out to be cancer. However, if a lump becomes persistent it is better to be safe than sorry and to be checked by a medical professional.

Myth: Breast cancer only affects women.

Truth: While the percentage of men affected by breast cancer is small in comparison to the number of women affected, breast cancer does occur in men. Therefore, they too should perform self-exams routinely.

Myth: Mammograms cause breast cancer to spread.

Truth: While there is always a risk with radiation exposure, the benefits of an annual mammogram far outweigh the risks. Mammograms remain the leader in early detection.

Myth: If you have family history of breast cancer, you are likely to develop breast cancer as well.

Truth: While family history increases an individual’s likelihood of developing breast cancer, only 10% of women with breast cancer have a family history.

Myth: Deodorant causes breast cancer.

Truth: No direct link has been found between antiperspirant and breast cancer.

Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation

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