10 Breast Cancer Myths
There are countless inaccurate so called “facts” that are circulated about breast cancer. This misinformation is a serious problem that hinders one from recognizing and minimizing your risk of breast cancer.
Therefore, you must have all the information there is to this disease. Here are ten common myths about breast cancer:
1.Breast cancer only affects older women.
False: While it’s true that the risk of breast cancer increases as we grow older, breast cancer can occur at any age. From birth to age 39, one woman out of 231 will develop breast cancer (<0.5% risk); from age 40-59, the risk is one out of 25 (4% risk); from age 60-79, the risk is one out of 15 (nearly 7%). Assuming you live to age 90, the risk of getting breast cancer over the course of an entire lifetime is one in 7, with an overall lifetime risk of 14.3%.
2. Those with a higher risk factor of breast cancer are more likely to get the disease.
False: Getting breast cancer is not a certainty, even if you have one of the stronger risk factors, like a breast cancer gene abnormality. Of women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 inherited genetic abnormality,( BRCA1 and BRCA2 are human genes that belong to a class of genes known as tumor suppressors. Mutation of these genes has been linked to hereditary breast and itnessRepublic