Myths About Breast Cancer: BUSTED!Adeshola Ezeokoli
Breast cancer is common enough that we have all encountered it in one way or another. There is much written and said but how much is true and what isn’t?
Here are some commonly perpetuated myths about breast cancer:
1. Most people diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history or have genetic mutations: In actual fact ~75% of breast cancer patients do not have a family history. Genetic mutations like BRCA1 and BRCA2 are only seen in about 5-10% of breast cancer patients. The biggest risk factors are being female and getting older although some ethnic groups (including women of African and African-American ancestry) may be disproportionately affected at a young age.