Awareness about Cancer – Cure, Hope, …….. “Breast Cancer Myths and Facts”

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  1. You may have heard that chemicals in antiperspirants can get into your body through razor nicks and cause breast cancer. If this idea makes you break out in a cold sweat, here’s some peace of mind: Experts say there’s no evidence this is true.
  1. Don’t panic if you find a lump. Most aren’t cancer. Many women have lumps caused by fluid-filled sacs called cysts or a buildup of scar-like tissue. But a new lump or mass that is hard, painless, and has rough edges may be more likely to be cancer. Breast cancers also can be tender, soft, or round. Watch for breast pain, swelling, dimpling, nipples that hurt or leak liquid, or any redness or thickening of the skin. Always see your doctor if you notice anything different.
  1. Women who have many children and get pregnant at a younger age have a lower risk. That may be because pregnancy reduces a woman’s total number of periods. Scientists think more exposure to period-related hormones may increase breast cancer risk.
  1. In the 14th century, breast cancer was so common among religious women, most of whom had no children, that it became known as nuns’ disease.
  1. Anyone with breast tissue can get breast cancer, even men. But some things make it more likely. Breast cancer in your family -- on your mother’s side or your father’s -- raises your chances. You’re also more likely to get breast cancer if you’ve had it before. Most women have some risk factors, but most don’t get the disease.
  1. One in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is about 100 times more common among women, although men can get it, too. Age is another factor; 2 out of 3 women with invasive breast cancer are age 55 or older.
  1. Regular mammograms lower your chances of dying from the disease. The test is an X-ray of the breast. It can find cancer before you can feel it or have symptoms. The American Cancer Society says most women should get one every year after age 40. Don’t worry that the test could harm you. The amount of radiation in mammograms is too small to be a cancer risk.
  1. Some deodorants or antiperspirants have ingredients like aluminum that can show up on the X-ray image as white spots. What else can you do to make the test go smoothly? Schedule the exam when your breasts aren’t swollen or tender. For example, try to avoid the week before your period.
  1. These days, it’s hard to miss that pink is the official color of breast cancer awareness. But the first ribbon for the cause, designed by a breast cancer survivor, was peach. Charlotte Hayley attached the ribbons to cards she handed out at supermarkets. She asked people to wear them to draw attention to the need for breast cancer prevention research.
  1. Here’s another reason to get off the couch: Walking, swimming, biking, and other regular exercise seems to lower breast cancer risk by 10% to 20%. Women who have gone through menopause benefit most from being active, but the American Cancer Society says 150 minutes of moderate exercise throughout the week is good for everyone.

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