When you do a self-exam, what are you feeling for? What does a cancerous lump feel like?
A lemon is the perfect tool to show us the answer. Similar in appearance and anatomy, you’ll see that a cancerous lump feels hard and immovable like a lemon seed. But what does a normal lump feel like? Have a look.
Fact! Getting a mammogram won’t cause breast cancer. In fact, it’s currently the best way to detect breast cancer, being 90% accurate.
Fiction! In fact, most breasts are! Fibrocystic breast disease is common in women, which makes the breasts feel a bit like cottage cheese underneath. However, if you find a lump that is hard and immovable, ask your doctor to take a look.
Fiction! On average, women can’t detect a lump smaller than the size of their elbow. A mammogram however usually detects a lump the size of the tip of your finger.
Over the past few years millions of women have received an e-mail claiming that antiperspirants cause breast cancer. MYTH!
In newspaper articles and on websites doctors repeatedly stated that there was no truth to this claim. But the fact that no research had ever been conducted on antiperspirants and breast cancer kept some women thinking the connection just might indeed be true. But now the research has been conducted and the findings are in: Antiperspirants do not cause breast cancer.
Researchers at a commercial DNA testing service say they have found a handful of genes that help determine whether a woman spends her life as an A cup or a D.
Those genes might also be tied, they say, to a woman’s risk of breast cancer.
"There are surprising connections between some of the genes involved in determining breast size and the genes involved in breast cancer," lead author Nick Eriksson, a researcher with the California-based personal genomics company 23andMe, told The Huffington Post.