brea$t Cancer is one of those disease conditions that doesn’t get as much attention as it should in Nigeria. Statistically, one out of every eight women would be diagnosed with this condition with about 500, 000 deaths occurring from this condition alone in Africa. The hard truth however is that there’s a lot of myths and not much information available concerning brea$t cancer.
Here are five things you probably have heard about brea$t cancer that is false and the real truths concerning them.
brea$t Cancer Concerns Women Only
If you’ve ever believed that only women get brea$t cancer, you’re completely wrong. Men too can get brea$t cancer even though the chances of it occurring in men is 100 times lesser than in women. Diagnoses of brea$t cancer in men occurs very late and as such results in increased mortality. For men, the lifetime risk of getting brea$t cancer is about 1 in 1,000. Diagnoses usually come at a later stage for men, leading to significantly increased mortality rates. According to Sharon Gordano, M.D., and Fatima Cardoso, M.D. Of the brea$t cancer research fund (BCRF), 92 percent of the tumours found in men that have brea$t cancer are caused by oestrogen and progesterone hormones which is naturally higher in women. However, brea$t cancer in women as a result of these hormones account for 70 percent of brea$t cancers in them.
brea$t Cancer Occurs Only In The Elderly
This is another false myth that has held for long. A lot of young people below the age of 40 are prone to having brea$t cancer. Researchers are studying the link between heredity and brea$t cancer in hope of gaining knowledge on the type of risk factors that expose certain people to them. The risk factors include race, ethnicity and lifestyle changes.
All brea$t Cancers Are The Same
Another myth. brea$t cancer as a matter of fact is a culmination of several different diseases. Researchers just discovered the different types of brea$t cancer subtypes which includes Luminal A, Luminal B, HER2-positive, and Triple Negative. These subtypes can also be further cla$$ified into smaller subunits which have different response to treatment and progression rates and thus, create more individualised treatment regimens.
brea$t Cancers Begin As Lumps
There are various factors that are used in diagnosing brea$t cancers asides the development of a Lump. These signs include irritation of the skin covering the BR*ASTS, inward inversion of the nipples, red or scaly skin surrounding the BR*ASTS and or any type of discharge asides brea$t milk from the bre*$t.
Wire Bras or Deodorants Can Make You Have brea$t Cancer
This is another myth that has been around for a while. According to a study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers in 2014, there was no correlation between wearing wire-bras, the number of hours you had it on and an increased risk of brea$t cancer in postmenopausal women. The National Cancer Institute also say no evidence exist that deodorants cause brea$t cancer.
Furthermore, exercise and diet have been found to reduce the risk of getting brea$t cancer even though there is little knowledge concerning how other environmental factors increase the risk of having the disease. Mammography and routine screenings are important in catching the condition early. These can be scheduled yearly even though it’s dependent on heredity factors.