Debunking the Myths and Promoting the Cause

Posted on 08/03/2017

Have you ever played the game Two Truths and a Lie? It can actually be really eye-opening in getting to know other people. When it comes to breast cancer, there are several lies, or myths, that are commonly believed as true. As you prepare to ramp up your breast cancer awareness promotions for October, it’s good to have knowledge about what it is you’re promoting. Here are some common myths about breast cancer, as well as the truth for each: 

Myth #1: You’re likely to get breast cancer if there is a history of breast cancer in your family.
Truth #1: Women who show a family history of breast cancer do have a higher risk of developing it themselves, but the majority of women who have breast cancer have no family history of the disease. In fact, only 10% of those with breast cancer have family members who also experienced the same.

Myth #2: Breast cancer only affects women.
Truth #2: It’s also possible for men to develop breast cancer, as approximately 2,190 men are diagnosed with the cancer each year. Like women, men should do self-exams and note any changes in breast tissue, sharing them with their doctor as needed. 

Myth #3: If someone finds a lump in their breast, that means he/she has breast cancer.
Truth #3: Only a small percentage of breast lumps end up being cancer. However, every case is different, so it’s important to tell your doctor if you suspect a lump to determine if it’s a concern. Along with regular self-exams, be sure to schedule a yearly appointment with your doctor and relay any changes in breast tissue, and if you’re 50 or older, get in the habit of receiving a mammogram about every two years. 

Myth #4: A mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread.
Truth #4: A mammogram (an x-ray of the breast) has proven vital in helping detect breast cancer at an early stage. Based on expertise from the National Cancer Institute, the benefits of mammograms almost always outweigh the possible harm of radiation exposure. The amount of radiation used is minimal, and the risks of danger are low. 

Myth #5: Deodorants and antiperspirants can cause breast cancer.
Truth #5: Researchers at the National Cancer Institute have not found any solid evidence proving that the use of deodorants and antiperspirants leads to the development of breast cancer.

With these truths about breast cancer, now you can really be passionate about promoting for the cause. Show your support of breast cancer awareness with EOSTM Lip Balm, which offers five sweet flavors that will fit your message perfectly: Strawberry Sorbet, Wildberry, Pomegranate Raspberry, Fresh Grapefruit SPF 30, and Vanilla Bean (with a pink imprint).