Beware of these Pinktober Booby Traps!

The internet is a great place to have fun and find information. Finding someone whose fashion sense you love, beauty routine you want to steal or going all FBI on your own or their ex—do all you like but don’t, just don’t ever Google a symptom for a sickness and fall for the first thing you read (unless you’re reading from a verified source and are certain with the help of professional medical consultation, of course)!

This Pinktober, in the light of Breast Cancer Awareness, we stumbled upon some internet booby traps—the myths of breast cancer, and we are here to tell you the facts from the myths. Let’s dive straight into them!

Myth #1: Breast cancer affects only women

With 100 times less likely chances, men are at a lesser risk of breast cancer. However, every 1 in 1000 men may be affected.

Myth #2: Underwire bra is a cause of breast cancer 

Although it’s been said many times over the internet, there’s no certain proof that push-up or underwire bras are a cause of breast cancer.

Myth #3: Breast cancer is contagious

Now, that’s not a myth. That’s bullsh*t! Drop that thought, go, give them a hug. It’s bound to make them feel better! :)

Myth #4: A lump should be painful and noticeable for it to be cancerous

Sometimes, you might not be able to feel or notice the lump. Pay attention to the shape of your breasts and seek immediate help in case of noticeable change. Also, not all lumps are cancerous.

Myth #5: Implants, antiperspirants and perfumes increase breast cancer risk
...said an anonymous person over the internet. Doctors and researchers haven’t concluded with certainty so far.

Myth #6: Breast cancer is hereditary

While women with family history are at a higher risk, healthy lifestyle changes reduce the risk of hereditary breast cancer. Also, 70-80% affected women have no family history of the disease.

Myth #7: The bigger the boob, the bigger the risk

…the bigger the myth. There’s no evidence so far that the size of your breasts is a determining factor of whether you get affected by the disease or not.

Despite all of these rumours, one thing is certain—breast cancer is real. And every year it takes several fighters away from the world. Taking measures to ensure early detection, leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle, and cutting out everything that is known to put you at risk should be a general practice and not a measure to cure. 

Pledge to stay aware, keep yourself healthy and safe, this Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

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