Breast cancer is a very real threat to American women and others around the world. According to the American Cancer Society, it is actually the most common cancer in the U.S. among females and a staggering 12-percent of women will develop it during their lifetimes. Sadly, of the more than 230,000 new cases expected in the U.S. for 2015, more than 40,000 won’t survive.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s a fitting time to bring the deadly disease to the forefront. However, it’s also a good opportunity to dispel some myths about it. Here are 8 common misconceptions about breast cancer…
1. A Lump Means you have Cancer
The National Breast Cancer Foundation assures you that if you find a lump in your breast, you shouldn’t jump to the direst conclusion. “Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer,” notes the website.
The foundation says to monitor the lump for any changes, or if it doesn’t seem to be going away on its own, then you should be booking a breast exam. If your doctor has any concerns, they can order scans to determine the nature of the lump.