Facts & Myths

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Fight with breast cancer

MYTH 1: Major stress can cause breast cancer

FACT : There is no hard evidence that being stressed increases your risk of developing breast cancer. More research is needed to establish any link.

MYTH 2: Living near electricity pylons causes breast cancer

FACT : There is no evidence linking electricity pylons to breast cancer.

MYTH 3: Bruising the Causes Breast Cancer

FACT : There is no evidence that injury or trauma to the breast causes or increases the risk of breast cancer.

MYTH 4: Younger women are more likely to get breast cancer

FACT : 80% of breast cancer cases occur in women over 50. Although 8,000 women under the age of 50 develop breast cancer each year in the UK*, this is relatively uncommon.

MYTH 5: Deodorants cause breast cancer

FACT : To date, there is no hard evidence to prove or disprove this myth, which has caused unnecessary distress for a lot of women.

MYTH 6: Underwired bras cause breast cancer

FACT : There is no evidence to suggest wearing a tight fitting bra or an underwired bra can cause breast cancer.

MYTH 7: Breast pain means breast cancer

FACT : Breast pain (or mastalgia) is quite common: about two thirds of pre-menopausal women will experience some degree of breast pain during their lives. Breast pain may be cyclical (related to the menstrual cycle) or non-cyclical and does not mean breast cancer is present.

MYTH 8: Pregnancy increases the risk of breast cancer

FACT : Pregnancy does not increase the risk of breast cancer. In fact, the more children a woman has, the lower her risk of getting breast cancer. Having children at a young age also reduces the risk.

MYTH 9: What is this pain in my breast?

FACT : Breast pain can come from hormonal changes and other non-cancer causes. Breast pain often also accompanies Inflamatory Breast Cancers. Hence, breast pain should not be ignored

MYTH 10: What is Breast Screening?

FACT : Breast screening is a method of detecting breast cancer at a very early stage. This involves taking an x-ray, called a mammogram, of each breast. This is done carefully and involves compressing the breast. Most women find it a bit uncomfortable and a few may find it painful. The mammogram can detect small changes in breast tissue which may indicate cancers which are too small to be felt either by the woman herself or by a doctor

MYTH 11: Where can I get Breast Screening done in Abu Dhabi, UAE?

FACT : Several public and private institutions under the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) conduct Breast screening programs. These include: (a) The Mother and Child Health (MCH) (b) Public hospitals such as Al Mafraq and Sh. Khalifa (SKMC). Breast screening is also offered in specialized breast clinics in private hospitals such as the Lifeline Hospital – Specialist Breast Clinic, Al Noor and NMC.

MYTH 12: What is Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC)?

FACT : IBC is one of the more aggressive forms of breast cancer. IBC usually grows in nests or sheets in the breast, as against a a solid tumor

MYTH 13: What are the symptoms of IBC

FACT : Some of the symptoms include a rapid or unusual increase in breast size. There may be redness, a rash, or changes to skin color. Persistent itching of breast or nipple or a lump or thickening of breast tissue are other indications to look for. Some indications include a stabbing pain or soreness of the breast. A feverish breast, swelling of lymph nodes under the arm or above the collar bone, dimpling or ridging of breast also need very active investigations. Nipple flattening or retracting, Nipple discharge or change in pigmented area around nipple complex too may be presentations of IBC..

MYTH 14: Do you need to have a lump in the breast to have breast cancer?

FACT : No. Inflamatory Breast Cancer manifests in the dermal lymphatic system – where there is often no breast lump. The cancer cells clog up the lymphatic vessels just below the skin. This gives the classic symptoms of color changes and warmth to the skin.

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