The myths surrounding breast cancer are numerous, and can cause careless indifference or needless anxiety. Experts from radiologists to oncologists give their take on these myths.
1) What are the general risk factors for breast cancer?
General risk factors are early menarche (first menstrual period), late menopause, nulliparity (this refers to women who do not have children) and use of hormone replacement therapy for more than five years.
Smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol and obesity are also associated with a higher risk of developing breast cancer. In recent years, there has also been evidence to suggest that increased breast density correlates with a higher breast cancer risk.
2) Is breast cancer hereditary?
Most cases of breast cancer are not inherited. In fact, the majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of the condition. The hereditary form of breast cancer is rare and accounts for only five to so per cent of all breast cancers.
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