Debunking Breast Cancer Myths

Posted on: October 23rd, 2015 by WilliamBros Blogger

The words “breast cancer” are scary to hear. It can be very scary at times when you notice something is wrong with your breast.  It’s common to panic a bit and sometimes that can lead to find getting bad advice and misinformation. There are even some websites spreading things that are not true. Williams Bros. Health Care Pharmacy would like to help you overcome some fears and understanding the truth about breast cancer.

Myth: If you have a lump in your breast, you have breast cancer:

  • Not exactly. Not all lumps that you may notice turn into cancer. It is important to see a doctor or specialist to get the lump checked out and to see how you can perform self-breast exams.  If the lump is persistent, set an appointment (soon) with your doctor to have a mammogram X-ray taken to determine if the lump is malignant or not.

Myth: If you get a mammogram X-ray and test done, it will make the cancer spread:

  • Doctors and specialists wouldn’t perform a mammogram if it caused breast cancer to spread. Compression of your breasts cannot cause the cancer to spread. The risk of being exposed to the low amount of radiation for the mammogram test is extremely low. See your doctor or specialist to set up a time to get a mammogram test complete.

Myth: If you’re next to someone who has breast cancer, you can get it:

  • Breast cancer isn’t contagious. It cannot transfer from one person’s body to another.  Breast cancer cells grow only inside the person who is diagnosed with it.

My family has had breast cancer in the past, which means I’ll get it:

  • Women have a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer if you have a family history of it. Most women who have been diagnosed have no family history of the disease. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, only about ten percent of individuals diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of the disease. Breast cancer may skip a generation or two within your family.

Williams Bros. Health Care Pharmacy hopes we’ve cleared the air on some important facts and details about breast cancer. Let us know if we can help supply you with prescriptions and medical supplies you need for daily living.

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