Myth #1: Breast cancer is the number one enemy of women.
Fact: The number one enemy is NOT breast cancer but the late detection of breast cancer. Breast cancer detected early can usually be successfully treated.
Myth #2: Finding a lump is the only way to detect breast cancer.
Fact: Some cancers do not form a lump. A visual exam of the breast can often show symptoms that need to be reported to a health care provider.
- Discharge from one breast
- Inversion of a normally everted nipple
- Dimpling – a pulling in of the breast skin
- Bulge – area of raised tissue on one breast
- Itching, irritated or scaly nipple with or without discharge
- Rapid increase in pain with redness or rash
- Rapid increase in size of one breast
- Changes in the shape of the breast
- Changes in the vein pattern of one breast
Myth # 3: No history of breast cancer in your family means you never have to worry about it.
Fact: All women are at risk for breast cancer. 76% of women diagnosed with breast cancer last year did not have a family history of breast cancer. The biggest risk of getting breast cancer is being female.
Myth # 4: A mother’s family history of breast cancer is the only important history.
Fact: A father’s family history is equally important and can impact breast cancer risk. Hereditary breast cancer is caused by inheriting a mutated (damaged) gene from either your father or mother.
Myth # 5: “Young women don’t get breast cancer.”
Fact: Breast cancer can occur at any age. Risk increases with age. 23% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are under the age of 50.