Breast Cancer, probably the most dangerous evil today, women are threatened by. It doesn't claim life in all the cases but is surely a chronic illness, which badly affects the life of the victim of this disease.
It's not that the disease has evolved in the recent times, many of our ancestors might have suffered this failure of health. Rather, in earlier days people were'nt even aware about how serious this disease is. This unawareness caused many deaths and didn't give any chance to fight the Breast Cancer.
We should thank almighty for creating us in this era, where science has developed to its best and is still spreading its wings. Result of which is the medication available for defeating this destructing illness called Breast Cancer.
But the darkness is still to come to an end. Despite organising several campaigns across the globe, intended to let more and more people know about Breast Cancer and factors causing it. Men and Women, still need to know a lot about its prevention and cure as well.
Therefore, as we are nearing to the end of October, whch is observed as Breast Cancer Cancer awareness month, wittyfeed pens down the most believed myths about this disease and pledges to share it to more and more people in the best possible way.
Scroll dow down to encounter Myth vs Reality of Breast Cancer:
Reality: Around 70% of women who are diagnosed with this disease have no identifiable risk factors for it. But the family-history risks are these: If a first-degree relative (a parent, sibling, or child) has had or has breast cancer, your risk of developing the illness gets doubled. Having two first-degree relatives with the disease increases your risk even more.
Risk of causing breast cancer by inheriting an altered gene, is just 5%.
Reality: There's hardly any connection between the size of your breasts and you getting caught by breast cancer. Women with small sized breasts are equally at risk like that of females with plus sized breasts. It's just that females with large breasts face difficulty when it comes to clinical breast exams, but there is no such problem experienced by the ones with small sized breasts. But all women, whatever the size of their breasts be, should attend routine checkup.
Reality: Get rid of this misunderstanding right away which says that only lump in breasts indicates the development of breast cancer. There are many other symptoms women should be alert for, because they may also be signs of cancer.
It includes: irriation of skin or dimpling, pain in the entire breast or only at nipple, retraction or shrink of nipple in which it turns inward, extreme redness of the body part (breast), scaliness, discharge of any substance other than milk.
Breast cancer can also reach out to armpit lymph nodes and can cause abnormal enlargement before a tumor gets large enough to be felt. A mammogram may also diagnose breast cancer that has no outward symptoms at all.
Reality: According to a study conducted in the year 2007 by the National Cancer Institute, due to the usage of hair straighteners no increase in breast cancer risk was noticed. The participants were females from Africa and America, who were the regular users of hair straighteners from more than 20 years.
Reality: It is believed that underwired bras compress the system of lymphs in the breast, which claims that underwire bras compress the lymphatic system of the breast, which causes accumulation of toxins which leads to breast cancer.
But let me tell you, the above mentioned belief is rubbish and needs to get debunked. Because neither a bra can push you towards breast cancer nor can protect you from it.
Reality: Don't worry friends, you don't have to give up on having tea or coffee, because according to a research caffeine doesn't increase the risk of breast cancer rather lower your risk.
Reality: If you are overweight or obese, then your are at higher risk of getting breast cancer. The risk escalates, if you have crossed menopause or have gained weight, of late.
Reality: Both men and women's body posess breast tissue, only the amount of tissues in men are way less than that of women. Therefore, a man's body doesn't have noticeable breasts but they are equally prone to breast cancer.
More than 300 men are diagnosed each year in the UK and amongst which men above 60 years of age are in majority. This doesn't mean at all, that young men aren't at risk. (via: Health)
So to make people aware about these most believed myths, share this informative piece as much as you can.