We hate myths! Myths about breast cancer could prevent a woman from seeking the proper testing and treatment or ignore an important symptom. We’re debunking the top 5 myths about breast cancer so you have the right information about your health.
Myth #1 Only older women get breast cancer
This is a dangerous myth that is most certainly a myth. While older women do have an increased risk, breast cancer can happen to younger women and also to men. Awareness is key – both men and women need to report any breast changes to their physician right away to see if additional testing is necessary.
Myth #2 If I feel a lump in my breast, it means I have cancer
It’s normal to feel anxious when discovering a lump in your breast however, the majority of breast abnormalities turn out to be non-cancerous. A breast lump could be one of many things including a cyst, fibrosis or fibroadenoma. The most important thing is to talk with your doctor about it so you can receive proper testing or treatment.
Myth #3 A breast lump is the only breast abnormality to look for
Sometimes changes happen to the outside of the breast. Swelling, warmth, redness, dimpling, puckering, or changes in breast size or shape are other things that may indicate a need for additional testing. Patients should also monitor nipple changes like a sore or a rash or discharge that starts suddenly. Any changes to the breast should be reported to your physician, who can help you decide what additional tests may be necessary.
Myth #4 If my mammograms keep coming back normal, I can skip a year
It’s important to get a mammogram each year to monitor breast changes and detect small abnormalities that can’t be felt through a physical exam. Multiple mammograms are very helpful to physicians, who frequently compare current mammogram images to past images to look for any changes that may necessitate a closer look. Mammograms save lives and doctors agree that yearly mammograms are well worth the time and effort. So even if you’ve had normal reports in the past, keep making those appointments each year!
Myth #5 No one in my family has had breast cancer, so I won’t get it either
This is a particularly dangerous myth that we want all women to understand. Most people know that family history of cancer is a risk factor for breast cancer. However, it’s important to know that any woman could get breast cancer, even if she has no family history of cancer. Breast self-exams and mammograms are important tools in the early detection of breast cancer for all women, not just those with a family history of the disease.
Scheduling Your Mammogram
Have you had your regular mammogram this year? Come to The Breast Center of Maple Grove for convenience, friendly technologists and experienced radiologists. We make it easy to work around your busy schedule—our center can accommodate walk-in patients or same-day appointments and we offer additional extended hours Monday through Wednesday.