This October, you'll likely see a flurry of pink products pushed by retailers to raise awareness for breast cancer. While I love a good pink hat or bracelet, understanding how breast cancer impacts the population is crucial to raising awareness — as is debunking breast cancer myths that spread misinformation. With the exception of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society, and there is approximately a 1-in-8 chance that a woman will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. Knowing the truth about what causes breast cancer and how you might be affected could help you or someone you love.
The internet is a wonderful place, but you're likely to run into a few hiccups now and then in the form of false reports or people speaking from an uninformed place. When it comes to your breast health, you need to know the facts. Breast surgeons Dr. Jessica Young with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Dr. Beth C. Freedman with CareMount Medical, leaders in the field of breast cancer, are two women here to help unmask some common breast cancer myths. Read on to see what they have to say about family history, what does and doesn't cause breast cancer, and more.