December 2010

Self-exam is not enough

On average, women can’t detect a lump smaller than the size of their elbow. A mammogram however usually detects a lump the size of the tip of your finger.

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Men get it too

1% of breast cancer cases worldwide are male.

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Lumpy is OK

In fact, most breasts are! Fibrocystic breast disease is common in women, which makes the breasts feel a bit like cottage cheese underneath. However, if you find a lump that is hard and immovable, ask your doctor to take a look.

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An x-ray is OK

Getting a mammogram won’t cause breast cancer. In fact, it’s currently the best way to detect breast cancer, being 90% accurate.

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Melon sized is OK

Large breasts may just take more time to check, but it doesn’t increase your risk. However, a high breast density can.

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Size doesn’t matter

Small breasts do not have a lower or higher chance of getting breast cancer. However, a high breast density can.

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Breastfeeding is OK

Several studies have found that breastfeeding lowers your risk.

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Sharing Drinks is OK

You can’t get breast cancer like you catch a cold.

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