Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide. Better screening, early detection and increased awareness can save lives. Here are some common breast cancer myths, and truths.

  • MYTH: Finding a lump in your breast means you have cancer.
    Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer, but should always be checked by a doctor.
  • MYTH: A mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread.
    Breast compression from getting a mammogram does not cause cancer to spread. The standard recommendation is an annual screening for women beginning at age 40.
  • MYTH: Wearing a bra to bed or using deodorant causes breast cancer.
    Researchers from the National Cancer Institute show no link between women who wear bras with underwire or who wear deodorant and developing breast cancer.
  • MYTH: Only women get breast cancer.
    Men can get breast cancer and should have regular check-ups too.

It can be hard to separate fact from fiction. Speak with your doctor if you have questions about risk factors and other breast cancer myths.