October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while we are aware of all of the pink ribbons, pink-themed sports events, and local walks on the subject, there are many myths about breast cancer we might not know are untrue.
Here are four myths and facts about breast cancer from Breastcancer.org.
Myth: Most breast cancers run in families.
Fact: Only about five to 10 percent of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary, passed from parent to child. Lifestyle and environmental factors can have an impact on breast cancer risk.
Myth: There is nothing you can do to lower your risk of developing breast cancer.
Fact: You have a part in lowering your risk of breast cancer. By maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and limiting the amount of alcohol you drink, you can keep your risk of developing breast cancer as low as it can be.
Myth: A mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread.
Fact: A mammogram, or X-ray of the breast, remains the gold standard for the early detection of breast cancer. Breast compression while getting a mammogram cannot cause cancer to spread.
Myth: Antiperspirants cause breast cancer.
Fact: No research has shown that there is a link between antiperspirants and breast cancer.