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Debunking Common Myths About Breast Cancer

May 2, 2023
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When the topic of breast cancer comes up, there’s a chance some statements contain misinformation and misconceptions. However, misleading information about breast cancer can put your health at risk. It’s important to rely on doctors to make sure you’re addressing breast health properly. The physicians and medical personnel who specialize in breast and women’s health at Richmond University Medical Center on Staten Island are available to provide accurate information, as well as screenings and treatment for breast cancer. Here, we debunk common myths and misconceptions about breast cancer.

Do Not Believe These Myths About Breast Cancer

There are many common cancer myths. This is likely because the prospect of a cancer diagnosis is frightening. A normal reaction to fear is telling a story that allows us to feel safe. Unfortunately, when we believe unfounded statements about breast cancer, we may miss some signs that lead to its detection. We may even skip an annual visit for a mammogram or ultrasound. These screenings are very important because when pre-cancerous conditions and cancers are discovered early, there are more treatment options available for better health outcomes.

Here are some of the most common myths regarding the disease:

MYTH: Underwire Bras Increase Breast Cancer Risk

There is no evidence that any type of bra leads to the development of breast cancer.

MYTH: Only Worry if Breast Cancer Runs in the Family

Unfortunately, many people are the first in their families to be diagnosed with breast cancer. There are only a few types of breast cancer that are known to be passed genetically.

MYTH: Radiation from X-Rays Causes Breast Cancer

While it’s true that certain types and levels of radiation exposure can lead to cancers, it’s also true that we are exposed to radiation through natural causes, including the sun. Low levels of radiation used during imaging procedures pose a very small risk, which is far outweighed by the important medical information contained in the images.

MYTH: Young People Don’t Get Breast Cancer

People of all ages are diagnosed with breast cancer. While the risk may increase with age, this does not mean younger people are not at risk.

MYTH: Only Women Get Breast Cancer

Men can get breast cancer, too. That’s why people of all gender identities and sexes should be aware of early signs and bring any concerns to a medical professional.

MYTH: Having an Abortion Increases the Chance of Breast Cancer

No studies or medical evidence have shown a relationship between abortion and breast cancer.

MYTH: In Vitro Fertilization Drugs Cause Breast Cancer

The IVF process has not been shown to cause breast cancer. Women who undergo this process are diagnosed at the same rate as everyone else in the population.

MYTH: Mammograms Spread Breast Cancer

While the pressure put on the breasts during a mammogram may be uncomfortable, there is no evidence this imaging technique causes breast cancer to spread. In fact, this is one of the main ways breast cancer is detected. Catching these cancers early can lead to lifesaving breast cancer treatments.

Get Regular Screenings for Breast Cancer

When it comes to your health, don’t let fear get in the way of the medical care you deserve. The experts at Richmond University Medical Center on Staten Island can guide through the appropriate imaging and clinical services related to your breast health. They will help you prepare for your mammogram or other imaging procedures. If biopsies or other procedures are required, they will provide explanations that are based on medical facts. Our compassionate professionals specialize in breast health and follow current research to provide the latest treatments for breast cancer and other conditions. Our Comprehensive Breast and Imaging Center also promotes breast cancer prevention and overall breast wellness. Contact us today to schedule a wellness exam or screening today.