Here are the truths behind some common myths about breast cancer.
Myth 1: Men do not get breast cancer; it affects women only.
Males can get breast cancer too, although it’s one in 1,000. Most cases of male breast cancer are detected in men between the ages of 60 and 70, although the condition can develop at any age. While this percentage is still small, men should also check themselves periodically by doing a breast self-examination while in the shower and report any changes to a doctor. Radiation exposure, high levels of estrogen, and a family history of breast cancer can increase a man’s risk of breast cancer.
Myth 2: Finding a lump in my breast means I have breast cancer.
Not true, 90% of breast lumps examined are not cancerous. However, as you get older, the chance of developing a cancerous lump increases. Do a regular breast self-examination and if you discover a persistent lump in your breast or notice any changes in breast tissue, consult your doctor for a clinical breast examination.
Myth 3: Most breast cancers run in families.
Only 5% to 10% of breast cancer patients have a strong family history of breast cancer. Women who have an abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene (or both) can have an 80% risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetimes.
Myth 4: There is no way to lower my risk of developing breast cancer
90% of breast cancers are largely due to environmental and lifestyle factors. Take charge of your life to lower your risk by improving your lifestyle; maintain a healthy weight, eat nutritious food, exercise regularly, quit smoking and limit alcohol intake.
Myth 5: Regular Mammogram prevents breast cancer
Mammograms will not prevent breast cancer or reduce your risk of breast cancer. But they can save your life by finding breast cancer as early as possible, when it is the most treatable.
The medical concierge offers a range of breast screening packages. If you or your loved ones would like to seek professional medical advice and/or go for a breast screening, call us at +65 6679 7867 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and our friendly medical concierge will be on hand to assist you.