October is the month for breast cancer awareness around the world. Commonly known as Pinktober, many important landmarks and cities go pink in solidarity with victims and to show support for those who are fighting the disease and salute those who have successfully conquered their battle against it.
According to a report, cases of breast cancer have seen a massive increase, particularly in Pakistan. There has been a surge in cases of women between the ages of 50 – 64 years as well as younger women aged 30 – 34, and this trend is likely expected to increase by 130.7% by 2025.
Early diagnosis of cancer can increase the chances of 5-year survival by up to 99%. Women 40 years and above should get mammography conducted once a year, while younger women can get screened or turn to self-examination if finances are a concern.
This is why it has become all the more important to share authentic information with the public and encourage women to get their mammography. However, getting screened for early detection is often considered taboo in society, and many families opt for homemade remedies and herbal treatments instead.
To nip the bud once and for all, here are 5 common myths about breast cancer that we had to debunk for you!
5 Common Breast Cancer Myths Debunked
1. Breast Cancer is Caused by Injuries
This is completely false. Breast cancer is caused by lifestyle, one’s diet, physical activity, smoking, alcohol use, and vitamin and mineral use are key factors influencing the risk of breast cancer among women. Sometimes what happens is a woman gets injured on the breast and realizes there is a lump present, which turns out to be cancerous. However, it is not caused by the injury itself and is likely to be present without the person’s knowledge.
2. Prolong Use of Phones or Keeping them Near the Body can Cause Cancer
Some women have concerns that they use their phones a lot by keeping them in a pocket near the body, or in garments. and that may be a reason for developing breast cancer. However, the truth is that your smartphone can’t give you breast cancer, but try to limit the usage and keep it away from your body as it can lead to an increase in the risk of brain tumours.
3. Men Can’t Get Breast Cancer
it is rare but possible, nearly 1% of males are victims of breast cancer. The cancer cells begin in the ducts and then grow outside the ducts into other parts of the breast tissue.
4. No One in my Family has Breast Cancer, Which Means I Won’t Either
Just because no one in your family had it, that doesn’t mean you can’t get it. Only 5% of all breast cancer cases are associated with hereditary. Hence, it is extremely important for women over 40 to get their mammography done and for younger women to self-examine their bodies for lumps.
5. Stress Causes Breast Cancer
Stress is not a direct contributor to breast cancer, however, one should maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle. The better you take care of your body, the fewer chances of testing positive you have.
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