In the United States alone, about 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at some point in their lives before the age of 85. And we can all probably say that we know at least 1 person who’s had their life affected by breast cancer. So there’s lots of fear around the risks of getting breast cancer. However, the fear can lead to a lot of misguidance in what actually can increase the risk of breast cancer. Here’s 7 things that probably won’t increase your risk of breast cancer.
- Wearing a Bra
Many woman have had a fear that bras, especially ones with an underwire increase the risk of breast cancer. However, studies have showed this to be a myth. There’s been no evidence to show any relation to bras and breast cancer risks in any way.
- Breast Implants
There has been no achievement in being able to connect breast implants to an increased risk of breast cancer even though studies have been done multiple times. Another concern was that a mammography might actually miss picking up and reading breast cancers in some women because of a visual hindrance from the implants. However, there was no evidence to prove this. Also, it’s worth noting that “doctors don’t only rely on a mammogram, but they may also use an x-ray to examine to breast which would not have any issues reading those the implants”, says Doctor James Parks who is a Breast specialist who used to perform breast augmentation in Chicago.
- Wearing Deodorant or Antiperspirant
There’s been major concerns in regards to wearing deodorant and antiperspirant, especially those with aluminum-based compounds. There has been many claims that these types of products have estrogen-like effects that can contribute to increasing the growth of breast cancer. However, studies have not been able to conclude this fact.
- Drinking Coffee
Coffee most-likely won’t contribute to increasing the risk of breast cancer. However, some studies have shown some weak evidence to support this, while others have shown that coffee can actually decrease the risk of developing breast cancer in some groups of women. This is because coffee beans are rich in disease fighting antioxidants. In fact, studies have shown that coffee beans are the number one source of antioxidants in an american diet. A list of other coffee benefits is that it contributes to better blood circulation, less pain, better memory, and preservation of body muscles. So, don’t consider caffeine a major risk. However, try to drink less than 16 ounces of it daily.
- Getting a Mammogram, MRI, Ultrasound
A mammogram will indeed expose you to radiation. However, the amount of radiation you’ll be exposed to is so minuscule that it’s negligible. And many studies have actually shown that a mammogram an contribute to lowering the amount of deaths from breast cancer in women, especially for those over the age of 50. As for MRI, and Ultrasounds, they are additional methods of screening for breast cancer, and they don’t user radiation at all. MRI’s use magnets while ultrasounds use sound waves.
- Living near power lines
At least two studies have failed to show any connection between living near power lines and an increased risk in breast cancer. So this doesn’t need to be a major concern or worry factor if you currently live near power lines.
- Using chemicals to straighten hair
African-American Women are at an increased risk at developing breast cancer and because of this, myths have claimed that it’s because of the fact that black women use hair straighteners much more than white women. However, in 2007, a study which studied about 50,000 African-American women proved this myth to be false.