There are different myths regarding carcinoma breast (breast cancer). Here we will explain the true facts regarding some of these myths.
1. Myth: Breast cancer leads to death.
Fact:The cure rate can reach up to 98% if breast cancer is discovered and treated early. Among the cancers that can be diagnosed early by mammography, breast cancer is one. The number of breast cancer survivors is increasing due to improvement in screening procedures and treatment of this disease. If needed, we must take regular check-ups, seek doctor’s advice and undergo proper treatment.
2. Myth: There is a higher risk of developing breast cancer in women who have large breasts.
Fact:There is no relation of the size of the breasts with getting breast cancer. There is the risk of breast cancer in all women. In the milk-producing cells and ducts, breast cancer usually develops. The amount of fat surrounding the ducts makes the difference in size. Sometimes, a breast self-exam or clinical breast exam or mammography may be a little more difficult due to the extra fat, but a cancer doctor can easily examine large breasts with the help of advanced methods and techniques.
3. Myth: Breast cancer is an infectious disease.
Fact:By air from someone with cancer or by touching them or through sexual contact with someone having cancer, breast cancer and most cancer cannot be transmitted. From the uncontrolled division of breast cells to produce a tumour that pushes the surrounding tissue of the breast or spreads to other parts of the body affecting the function of the body, this disease happens. When mixing with other women having this disease, there is no need for caution. They should be given support as they are in much need of support from family, friends and relatives during the diagnosis and management of their disease.
4. Myth: If there is a lump in your breast, it means you have breast cancer.
Fact:The breast lumps that turn out to be cancer consist of a very small percentage. But it should never be ignored if you discover a persistent lump in your breast or notice any changes in breast tissue while conducting a self-breast examination. For a clinical breast exam, consulting an oncologist is very important. To determine if the lump is of concern or not, he or she may possibly order breast imaging studies.
5. Myth: Mammography can cause breast cancer.
Fact:There may be a risk of developing cancer from exposure to high levels of radiation. However, during mammography, especially when using the updated digital mammograms, the radiation emitted is very little equivalent to 0.1 – 0.2 RAD for each view. Furthermore, the risks of being exposed to such minute radiation are much less compared to the benefits of screening. The relationship between breast cancer development and conducting a mammogram or pressing of the breasts during mammography to properly view the breasts is not proven.
6. Myth: Breast cancer does not occur in men.
Fact:There are risks of developing breast cancer in men also though the chance in women is much more than men.
7. Myth: I am too young to get breast cancer.
Fact:There is the risk of developing breast cancer in women of all ages but with increasing age the risk increases. After the age of 40, this disease is more common. However, many women under 40 also develop this disease.