Separating the Facts and the Myths
The Myth: Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer.
The Truth: If you discover a persistent lump in your breast or any changes in breast tissue, it is very important that you see a physician immediately. However, 8 out of 10 breast lumps are benign, or not cancerous. Sometimes women stay away from medical care because they fear what they might find. Take charge of your health by performing routine breast self-exams, establishing ongoing communication with your doctor, and scheduling regular mammograms.
The Myth: Having a family history of breast cancer means you will get it.
The Truth: While women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, most women who have breast cancer have no family history. If you have a mother, daughter, sister, or grandmother who had breast cancer you should have a mammogram five years before the age of their diagnosis, or starting at age 35.
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