Updated: May 8
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and this week we're going to bust some common myths about breast cancer.
Does having a bigger bust increases one's chances of developing breast cancer?
Myth! There is no scientifically-proven data to suggest that having a larger bust increases the risk of breast cancer. Ladies with smaller breasts have an equal chance of developing breast cancer as those who are on the bustier side. However, being overweight does increase your risk.
Does an injury to the breast cause breast cancer?
Myth! An injury to the breast does not cause breast cancer. Your breast may become bruised after an injury and scar tissue may form but such lumps are not cancerous. If breast cancer develops in a spot that has been injured, it's just a coincidence.
Does consuming large amounts of dairy products increase the risk of breast cancer?
Myth! There is limited evidence to suggest that higher intakes of dairy products are associated with a greater risk of breast cancer.
Do deodorants or antiperspirants cause breast cancer?
Myth! This has not been proven by research. Deodorants or antiperspirants have not been linked to breast cancer.
Does breastfeeding reduce the risk of breast cancer?
Fact! Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. It is postulated that breastfeeding reduces the ovulatory cycle. This reduces a woman’s lifetime exposure to hormones that are linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.
So there you have it! If you are concerned about a lump in your breast, consult with your doctor. If you are over the age of 40, or have a mother or sister over 40, it is advisable for you or her to go for a mammogram screening. Subsidised screenings are available. Early detection can save lives.
Throughout the month of October, we'll be sharing more facts and tips about breast cancer.
Join us in making a difference! To help support the fight against breast cancer and those affected by it, part of the proceeds at Dreamline Aesthetics and Dreamline Bodyclinic will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation. BCF is a non-profit organisation in Singapore with the mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.