This won’t give you breast cancer. 5 Myths Busted!

Team MedLabz - 02 Mar 2016
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Will a bump or bruise to my breast cause cancer?

While bumping or injuring your breast isn’t the most pleasant experience, there’s no good evidence that it increases your risk of breast cancer. After an injury you might be more likely to check your breasts and so may notice an unusual change, such as a lump, but this is unrelated to the injury itself.

If using mobile phones or microwaves can cause breast cancer?

There’s no good evidence to suggest that exposure to ‘non-ionising radiation’, such as that from mobile phones or microwaves has any effect on your risk of developing breast cancer. The confusion behind these rumours may be linked to the fact that another type of radiation, known as ‘ionising radiation’ can increase the risk of many cancers, including breast cancer, depending on the amount you’re exposed to. This includes x-rays.

Can excessive intake of Caffeine causes breast cancer?

No causal connection has been found between drinking caffeine and getting breast cancer; in fact, some research suggests that caffeine may actually lower your risk. So far it's inconclusive whether breast soreness may be linked to caffeine.

Does wearing underwired bras increase my risk?

You shouldn’t have any concerns about wearing any type of bra. It is just one of those common fears with no proof. The theories put forward in support of this were that it acts by blocking the lymph flow and releasing toxins from the metal in the underwire. There is no scientific evidence to support this claim.

Deodorants and antiperspirants cause cancer?

An email rumour that using deodorants causes breast cancer circulated in 1999, and was quickly spread by the media. Many of us will have seen an email like this. However, there’s no good evidence to support these claims.

More recently, there have been claims that aluminium salts, which are a common ingredient in antiperspirants, can cause breast cancer by blocking the sweat ducts and preventing sweating. Again, there’s no research to support this.

So, what can I do to reduce my risk of breast cancer?

Many factors linked with breast cancer can’t be changed, such as your height or when you started your periods. However, there are things you can do, such as maintaining a healthy weight, limiting the amount of alcohol you drink and making sure you get 30 minutes of physical activity a day, which can help to reduce your risk of breast cancer.

If you’re worried about any breast cancer risks, we would encourage you to discuss your concerns with your doctor.

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