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10 Breast Cancer Myths

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10 Breast Cancer Myths

By Marisa Weiss M.D., President of www.breastcancer.org

What is your risk of breast cancer? What about antiperspirants and breast cancer? What you don’t know CAN hurt you. Misinformation can keep you from recognizing and minimizing your own risk of breast cancer or getting the very best possible care. Arm yourself with the facts.

Here are ten common myths about breast cancer:

1. Breast cancer only affects older women.
No. While it’s true that the risk of breast cancer increases as we grow older, breast cancer can occur at any age. From birth to age 39, one woman in 231 will get breast cancer (0.5% risk); from age 40-59, the risk is one in 25 (4% risk); from age 60-79, the risk is one in 15 (nearly 7%). Assuming you live to age 90, the risk of getting breast cancer over the course of an entire lifetime is one in 7, with an overall lifetime risk of 14.3%.

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2:35PM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

good to know

12:42AM PST on Jan 6, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:07AM PDT on Jul 25, 2010

thanks for post

11:23AM PDT on Jun 23, 2010

Thank you for helping me understand this better.

11:20PM PDT on Apr 26, 2010

Information is power.

11:49PM PDT on Apr 25, 2010

Clean organic eating keeps us healthy.
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4:25AM PDT on Apr 9, 2010

PLEASE USE BREAST MILK

4:24AM PDT on Apr 9, 2010

THIS IS A BIG MYTH

5:32PM PST on Feb 18, 2010

Great article

3:48AM PST on Feb 16, 2010

Thanks so much for clarifying the small role genetics play in breast cancer, and how each and every woman needs to be vigilant in doing what she can to prevent it, and find it at an early stage when it occurs. I talk to many women that walk under a cloud due to a family history of breast cancer. For those women who have a family history, in some ways you may be less at risk than others. While you are carefully watching your lifestyle and paying attention to screening, the 90 percent of women that develop breast cancer without a family history, did not have that warning!

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