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Debunking Myths

Times of India
21 October 2011

Debunking Myths
MYTH | Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer
FACT | Eight out of ten lumps are benign. If you discover a persistent lump in your breast or any changes in breast tissue, consult a doctor immediately. Sometimes, fearing the worst, we delay or even try and avoid medical care

MYTH | Men do not get breast cancer
FACT | While the percentage of men who are diagnosed with breast cancer is small, men should also give themselves monthly exams and note changes to their doctors. Breast cancer in men is more aggressive and tends to be detected at later stage

MYTH | Having a family history of breast cancer means that you will get it
FACT | Women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group. That said, studies have shown that most women who develop breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease. If you have a mother, daughter, sister or grandmother who had breast cancer, you should have a mammogram five years before the age of their diagnosis

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