National Breast Cancer Coalition has launched a great new web site. For the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, they are revealing a new myth about breast cancer every day. Its critical, important information helpful in dispelling rumors and hype about breast cancer risk and treatment.
Check it out, sign up for their Twitter feed and read something new every day in October about breast cancer.
You can also read the myths by clicking on the widget we've posted at right.
Today's Myth #7
We don’t know how to prevent breast cancer.
TRUE. There are factors associated with increasing risk of breast cancer and certain factors that decrease the risk of breast cancer, but we do not know how to prevent breast cancer. Don’t eat red meat. Eat a low fat diet. Don’t wear deodorant. Don’t sleep in a bra. Women are bombarded constantly on what they can do to prevent breast cancer. Unfortunately, at this time, there is no known way to prevent the disease
Current factors known to contribute to overall breast cancer risk are mostly uncontrollable, including: age, personal and family breast cancer history, certain genetic factors, first menstrual period before age 12, menopause after 55, breast density and race. A few factors that can be controlled that have shown increased risk include: obesity, alcohol consumption and lack of physical activity. More