It is time for Breast cancer Awareness Month

This month of October is noted by many as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a time for America to reflect not only upon those whose lives have been affected by breast cancer, but also to focus on preventative actions and even a cure. Data is a powerful tool, and Cancer of the breast Awareness Month should be about learning from the reality and myths surrounding breast cancer. Source of article - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month by Personal Money Store
Cancer of the breast Awareness Month through the numbers
Women were diagnosed with 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 62,280 early-stage cancer of the breast in 2009 alone, reports American Cancer Society. Of those, more than 40,000 were forecasted to result in death. This past year a lot more men were diagnosed as well. About 2,000 men were told this. Death was a prediction of some of those. About 440 of those were given that diagnosis.
Breast cancer misconceptions

  • Bras with underwire make cancer more likely

The false belief here is that by constricting breast tissue, underwire bras trigger cancer-causing toxins to build up. Dr. Deborah Axelrod explains to Columbia Broadcasting System that this isn't really true.

  • Deodorant causes breast cancer

This is also false, claims Dr. Schnabel. No studies have shown a link between antiperspirant and toxins that cause breast cancer.

  • Get breast cancer from plastic water bottles

There's a debate on whether or not a cancer-causing dioxin is leaked to the water by sitting in plastic water bottles, although there isn't a consensus. BPA (bisphenol) is another substance of concern in plastic, but even that has not been definitively connected to breast cancer.

  • Breast cancer can come from tests. Mammograms to be specific

Dr. Schnabel tells Columbia Broadcasting System News that the amount of radiation (.1 to .2 rads per picture) released in a mammogram is equal to or less than what a woman's breasts are exposed to naturally over a three-month period.

  • More risk with lumpy breasts

While lumpy breasts can make breast cancer detection somewhat more difficult, having lumpy breasts does not resign a woman to breast cancer. A doctor should investigate if you discover new breast lumps, reports Dr. Axelrod, as it could mean cancer.

  • I won't get cancer of the breast with no family history

80 percent of cancer of the breast is sporadic, although it can trace via a family also.
Data from
American Cancer Society
CBS News