Myths and Facts

Myth: I'm too young to worry about breast cancer.
Fact: While it's true that breast cancer risk increases as you get older, the fact is that women of all ages are at risk for breast cancer. We are seeing an increasing number of women under 40 diagnosed with breast cancer.

Myth: There's never been breast cancer in my family so I don't need to worry about it happening to me.
Fact: The truth is the majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer don't have a family history of breast cancer. However, if your mother, sister, daughter or grandmother had breast cancer your risk is significantly increased.

Myth: Having yearly mammograms will expose me to too much radiation and cancer will occur as a result.
Fact: According to the American College of Radiology, the benefits of annual mammograms far outweigh any risks that may occur because of the minute amount of radiation used during this screening and diagnostic procedure.

Myth: I'm not going to breastfeed because breastfeeding increases my risk of getting breast cancer.
Fact: Just the opposite is true. Breastfeeding may decrease the risk of perimenopausal breast cancer.

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