Breast cancer causes – fact & fiction

By: Dr. Steve Salvatore, Co-Owner of The Academy

October is breast cancer awareness month, let’s separate fact from fiction…

#1:  Using deodorant causes breast cancer. That’s fiction.  Despite what you’ve read on the Internet, there’s no scientific proof that antiperspirants or deodorants cause breast cancer or increase the risk.

#2:  Being overweight increases your risk of breast cancer. That’s a fact.  Obesity can increase your risk of breast cancer because of increased hormone production.

#3:  Only women get breast cancer, men don’t. That’s fiction.  Women get breast cancer 100 times more often than men because of their hormones, specifically estrogen and progesterone; but men can get it too.

#4:  Breastfeeding can lower your risk of breast cancer. That’s a fact.  Medical studies consistently show that the longer a woman breastfeeds the more she lowers her risk of breast cancer.

#5:  Lumps are the only sign of breast cancer. That’s fiction.  Breast cancer can present as changes in the size, shape or feel of the breasts.  There can be puckering, dimpling, or redness of the skin.  The nipple can change position or there can be a discharge.

#6:  Drinking alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer. That’s a fact.  This includes red wine.  Consuming all types of alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer.

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