25 Breast Cancer Myths and Misunderstandings

See the most common breast cancer myths and get the facts about them with our quick guide.
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Myth: Fertility treatments increase the risk of getting breast cancer.

Reality: Given estrogen's connection to breast cancer, fertility treatments have come under suspicion—most recently when Elizabeth Edwards's breast cancer recurred. (She’d previously had fertility treatments.) But several studies have found that these prospective moms are likely to have no higher risk of breast cancer. As yet, no large, long-term, randomized studies have eliminated this concern entirely; it merits more research to find a definite answer.