Did you learn anything new from the 3 myths about breast cancer I shared in the last post? I sure did! Here are more popular myths.
Myth #4: Women with lumpy breasts have to be extra careful as they are more likely to get breast cancer in the future.
This condition is called fibrocystic breasts. In the past, people thought that just because a woman had fibrocystic breasts, then she would more likely have breast cancer. Medical advances have proven that this is not true. Still, these lumps may need to be removed, hence the importance of breast self-examination.
Myth #5: Physical injury or force on the breast can cause breast cancer.
I totally believed this one, to be honest. However, it is completely unfounded. Sometimes, breast cancer is detected in women who have recently experienced trauma in their breast area. The trauma is not the cause of the breast cancer, though. There is no link between trauma and breast cancer.
Myth #6: Breast self-examination is best done in the shower.
There are really no hard and fast rules as to where you conduct your breast self-examination. However, it would be better to do it when your skin is dry. Wet soapy hands are slippery and it may be harder to detect any existing lumps.
Myth #7: Women with small breasts are not likely to get breast cancer.
Breast size has nothing to do with breast cancer. Just because you have small breasts should not be an excuse to be complacent about the possibility of breast cancer.
Originally posted on October 27, 2008 @ 12:42 pm