Every year, hundreds of thousands of women are diagnosed with breast cancer. And this is not just with women, keep in mind that there are breast cancer cases found in men as well. The bottom line here is, breast cancer affects many people each year, the numbers are absolutely breath taking, and not in a good way.
In 2008 the following statistics were reported:
– New cases – 182,460 (female); 1990 (male)
– Deaths – 40,360 (female); 450 (male)
So if breast cancer is such a serious disease, then why are we so hung up on the many myths that are out there? If you worried about what can cause cancer, listen to this, and read about what actually does not cause breast cancer.
Myth One: Antiperspirants that you use cause breast cancer.
Clarification: Antiperspirants do not cause breast cancer, and the fact that people jumped on that email chain was a little bit outlandish. But what caused this myth was the fact that there was a misunderstanding, people were thinking that our bodily toxins were actually purged in the form of sweat, and sweat under our arms. And then the email came around, that said that antiperspirants actually prevent the body from getting rid of those toxins, and because of this, the toxins are then purged into the lymph nodes right below the arms. And from there It just escalated, people talking about the toxins actually leading to cell mutations (Cancer) where there is the biggest amount of breast tissue.
Obviously there is nothing to prove that antiperspirants actually cause breast cancer, so if you were a bit worried about that myth, you can cross that one off of your list, and continue to use deodorant.
Myth Two: Brest Cancer is actually infectious; it is floating around in the air!
Clarification: Now way. Breast cancer is not a disease that you can contract by giving someone a kiss. The cancer is actually formed in the breast, causing an unusual increase in the amount of breast cells you have, thus creating a cancerous tumor in your breast tissue. But these changes are within your breasts, and your breast tissue and another woman cannot be affected by this in the least. Here is a ture list though, of factors that can be considered a risk for breast cancer:
– Your Age
– Family history of breast cancer
– A biopsy that previously showed benign circumstances
– A menstruation cycle occurring at an early age
– A menstruation cycle continuing to occur past the age of 50
– Not having any children
– Having your first child after the age of 30
– Eating a high fat diet
– Being obese
– Mutations in specific genes such as: BRCA1 and BRCA2
Myth Three: Men cannot get breast cancer, only women can
Clarification: This is false, just because men do not have breasts, does not mean that they do not have breast tissue. Men may have a smaller amount of breast tissue, but they still are vulnerable to getting breast cancer. In men, breast cancer can be looked at as being a little bit more serious and dangerous because the cancer can actually spread to their skin and other tissues, mainly because the amount of breast tissue they have is so small. Men should be cautious as well when it comes to breast cancer.
These are just a few myths about breast cancer that have been uncovered, and hopefully they help to put your mind at ease just a little bit. If you need more information, then sit down with your doctors and ask all the questions and concerns that may be on your mind!