We are all aware of the implications of breast cancer but amongst all the information that’s out there, where is the truth to be found when it comes to whether it’s genetic or whether it appears as a lump?
In today’s blog, The Cheapest Life Insurance takes a look at some of the myths that surround breast cancer and what is fact or fiction.
In all cases, if you are in any way at all worried you seek professional medical advice from a qualified Doctor and not rely on our guide to ease any anxieties. There’s nothing better than professional advice when it comes to your health.
Breast cancer is usually genetic
A small percentage of breast cancer cases are due to breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2. Even with women who do have a history of breast cancer in the family, a number of cases are not specific to gene mutations, but often due to lifestyle factors and genetic susceptibilities. However, that said, there are some studies that do suggest you are at a higher risk if you have a genetic history.
Women with smaller chests are at lower risk
Breast cancer can develop in cells found in the ducts or lobules. All women have the same number of these, irrespective of breast size. Therefore, there is little research to suggest size has anything to do with risk.
Breast cancer appears as a lump
While there are plenty of people who do get lumps, there are also plenty of cases where no lumps or pain have been present. A large number of lumps found in breasts turn out to be cysts or non-cancerous tumours.
Birth control pills cause breast cancer
While there has been some research to suggest taking pills could put you at a higher risk there is nothing conclusive or indeed strong enough to suggest not taking birth control at all.
Breast cancer is most likely to happen to older women
While the disease is indeed more common in postmenopausal women, breast cancer can actually affect you at any age. Women under 50 do account for a large percentage of diagnoses and do have high mortality rates. This is perhaps because younger people don’t think they’re at risk.
If you have any lump or breast symptoms you should go to your Doctor to get checked out and not ignore it!
If you see any of the following or feel any anxiety about your breasts and cancer, then get to the Doctor.
- A change in how your breast or nipples feel
- A lump or thickening near the breast or underarm areas
- Breast pain or nipple tenderness
- A change in the size or even the shape of your breast
- Scaly, red or swollen skin of the breast, areola or nipple
- Nipple discharge
This is not an exhaustive list obviously but is a general guide to what you should not ignore.