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Top 5 Breast Cancer Myths DEBUNKED

South Texas Breast Surgery promotes #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth

· breast cancer,Cancer Awareness

In honor of breast cancer awareness month I am going to highlight several topics that women often asked me about. If you have other questions, please feel free to call my office at (210) 504-5053 or email me directly at

Myth #1: Breast implants cause cancer.

In the past there was data to suggest that the reason for more cancer in women with breast implants was that a mammogram can’t be done in those women. It is true that the breast implants cover up the breast tissue. Most implants for the last several years have been placed either beneath the chest wall muscle or beneath the breast tissue, so we can still get a good view of the breast tissue on mammogram.

Myth #2: Breast pain means breast cancer.

This is a very common question, because many women have never had breast pain before. I tell women that breast pain just about NEVER has anything to do with breast cancer. The only time that this is true is when a woman has a large breast tumor that may be pulling on the skin, and the truth is, that woman can usually feel a lump that size, not just pain. I advise women with breast pain to have a screening mammogram, just to make sure.

Myth #3: Being overweight doesn’t make me higher risk for breast cancer.

We store and produce female hormones in our fat, so if we have a lot of fat around, there is extra hormone around, which influences the development of breast cancer. Losing as little as 5 pounds will go a long way towards decreasing your breast cancer risk.

Myth #4: I am too young to get breast cancer.

The youngest breast cancer patient in my practice was 24 when she was diagnosed. She also had no family history. It is very rare to get breast cancer so young, but I tell you this so that you don’t brush off a lump in your breast, no matter what your age is. Find out what it is so you can deal with it head-on.

Myth #5: I can only get breast cancer from my mom’s side of the family.

Completely false. Mom and Dad contribute equal parts to your DNA, so knowing cancer history and how old each family member was when they were diagnosed will really help your doctor figure out what you may be at higher risk for. Don’t forget about uterus, colon, ovarian, prostate and pancreas cancer in your family, as these are all associated with breast cancer. You may need to consider genetic testing.

I hope this information is helpful; please, invite a girlfriend or relative and make that appointment to check your chichis with a mammogram!

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