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%.