For those of you who don’t know me personally – I am a huge Metal head and I absolutely love the underground scene we have here in South Africa!
In South Africa we have a ‘Breast Cancer’ Awareness Month which happens in October. Last year a whole bunch of musicians from the heavy metal bands of South Africa, posed in BRIGHT pink shirts and the girls tying a pink ribbon around themselves, all with catchy lines, to raise awareness of Breast Cancer. I absolutely love the campaign, these are just some of the photos they took!
Here are 5 Myths that I thought were real … and they are not! Educate yourself about Breast Cancer and spread the word!
Myth 1: Only women with a family history of breast cancer are at risk.
Reality: Roughly 70% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no identifiable risk factors for the disease. But the family-history risks are these: If a first-degree relative (a parent, sibling, or child) has had or has breast cancer, your risk of developing the disease approximately doubles. Having two first-degree relatives with the disease increases your risk even more.
Myth 2: Wearing an underwire bra increases your risk of getting breast cancer
Reality: Claims that underwire bras compress the lymphatic system of the breast, causing toxins to accumulate and cause breast cancer, have been widely debunked as unscientific. The consensus is that neither the type of bra you wear nor the tightness of your underwear or other clothing has any connection to breast cancer risk.
Myth 3: All women have a 1-in-8 chance of getting breast cancer.
Reality: Your risk increases as you get older. A woman’s chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer is about 1 in 233 when she’s in her 30s and rises to 1 in 8 by the time she’s reached 85.
Myth 4: Small-breasted women have less chance of getting breast cancer.
Reality: There’s no connection between the size of your breasts and your risk of getting breast cancer. Very large breasts may be harder to examine than small breasts, with clinical breast exams—and even mammograms and MRIs—more difficult to conduct. But all women, regardless of breast size, should commit to routine screenings and check-ups.
Myth 5: Breast cancer always comes in the form of a lump.
Reality: A lump may indicate breast cancer (or one of many benign breast conditions), but women should also be on the alert for other kinds of changes that may be signs of cancer. These include swelling; skin irritation or dimpling; breast or nipple pain; nipple retraction (turning inward); redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin; or a discharge other than breast milk.
Breast cancer can also spread to underarm lymph nodes and cause swelling there before a tumour in the breast is large enough to be felt. On the other hand, a mammogram may pick up breast cancer that has no outward symptoms at all.