Breast Cancer Myths Debunked

Women are constantly bombarded on what they can do to prevent breast cancer. However, there is no definitive known way to prevent the disease. One in eight women in the United States will develop some form of breast cancer.

I had the opportunity to sit down and talk to several medical experts to address a few common breast cancer myths. I spoke with Renee Stubbins, a well-known dietician at the Methodist Cancer Center in Houston.

Myth: Mammograms cause breast cancer

Fact: Annual screenings are the key to finding breast cancer early. Mammograms are currently the best screening tools for finding breast cancer. They use extremely low doses of radiation for making very detailed images of a woman’s breast.

The code that regulates Mammography Quality Standards was defined by the ACR (The American College of Radiology and enacted into law by Congress to safeguard rigorous and mandatory guidelines for using x-ray treatment safely during mammography.

Furthermore, MQSA guidelines are assuring that mammography systems can only be used under very safe circumstances and that extremely low doses of radiation are used. Less is not possible. Patients should be aware that that the facility where they are x-rayed is ACR-accredited.

On average, the total dose for a typical mammogram is about 0.4 mSv. People are normally exposed to an average of about 3 mSv of radiation each year from their natural surroundings. The dose of radiation from a mammogram is about the same amount of radiation averaged from natural surroundings over about 7 weeks.

Dr. Correna Terrell, medical director of the breast imaging center at Houston Methodist West Hospital, recommends that women with an average risk of breast cancer begin annual mammograms at age 40. If you have additional risk factors, your physician may recommend mammograms beginning at an earlier age to remain healthy, younger looking, and a happy person. Take this advice and try to live a healthy life to reduce the risks.

Myth: Sugar feeds cancer

Fact: Sugar is not spreading cancer. If your food contains too much sugar, however, particularly simple sugars that can be found in things like baked goods, you may gain weight gain which, over time, may well result in obesity and we know that obesity can lead to increased risks of developing several cancers.

Renee Stubbins explains: “the fact of the matter is that our bodies require simple sugar to produce energy. The average American individual is consuming more than 135 pounds of simple sugar annually, the equivalent of some 500 calories extra per day. And the key to healthy living and balanced diets is simply moderation. Cut out sugar,” Stubbins said.

80% of lumps are caused by non-cancerous changes in the breast. Sugars that occur naturally like the ones found in whole grain, fruit, or vegetables are needed by our bodies to support our muscles and weight when we have to undergo cancer treatment and we have also found that they are helping in fighting cancer.

We should avoid processed sugars as much as possible that occur in baked goods, desserts, and cakes and stick with vegetables and fruit if we want our weight to stay healthy and prevent future health issues. In case you’re faced with difficult circumstances like domestic violence or abuse, check out this post, and start doing something about it as soon as you can, please!

Myth: Breast lumps are all cancerous

Fact: Generally, some 80 % of all lumps in the breast are the result of changes that are non-cancerous. This percentage is tending to fluctuate with a woman’s age. When women age, their risks of developing breast cancer will increase. It is true that in older women, the percentage of non-cancerous st lumps in older women may be considerably lower than what we find in young women.

Then again, it’s still very important that women report any breast abnormalities to their trusted physician. Just a very small percentage of all breast lumps are cancerous but when you find one or more persistent lumps in your breasts, or if you notice changes in the breast tissue, you should never ignore these circumstances.