If detected and treated early enough, breast cancer need not result in death. Early detection can help save lives and breasts.
Breast cancer is not always hereditary. Over 90% of women in India with breast cancer have no known family history of the disease.
This has not been proven by research. Someone who has smaller breasts has an equal chance of getting breast cancer as one who is well-endowed. Being overweight, however, does increase your risk.
You cannot be infected with breast cancer through physical contact (touching, drinking out of the same cup, sharing food, or having sex).
To date, there is no scientifically proven data to support these claims.
Nine out of 10 breast lumps are not cancer. Most lumps detected under the age of 30 are benign.
A bruise or hit to the breast won't cause cancer. If cancer develops in a spot that has been injured, it is just a coincidence.
Cancer can occur at any time. That’s why mammograms should be done annually or once in two years, along with monthly Breast Self Examination and yearly Clinical Breast Examinations so that any changes or abnormalities can be picked up early and checked by a doctor.
Breast cancer lumps tend to be painless, hard, fixed in position and persist even after a few menstrual cycles. They usually grow slowly. If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, take a little time to talk to relevant people or even seek a second opinion before deciding on treatment.
Mastectomy is not required for all breast cancers. Thanks to new technology, recent research and improved therapies, those diagnosed with breast cancer have a variety of options, depending on the stage and type of breast cancer.