25 Breast Cancer Myths Busted

Know the difference between breast cancer facts and fiction? Here's the real deal on risks, symptoms, and more.
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Myth: Women with lumpy breasts (also known as fibrocystic breast changes) have a higher risk of developing breast cancer.

Reality: In the past, women with lumpy, dense, or fibrocystic breasts were believed to be at higher risk of getting breast cancer, but there doesn't appear to be a connection after all. However, when you have lumpy breasts, it it can be trickier to differentiate normal tissue from cancerous tissue, so you may experience false alarms. Women with fibrocystic breasts often follow up their mammograms with an ultrasound.

Next: Myth: Annual mammograms expose you to so much radiation that they increase your risk of cancer.

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