Myths About Cancer Causes

concept of myths about cancer causes

In a world of rapidly-spreading misinformation, people can attribute just about anything as a cause of cancer. That is why our breast cancer specialists are here to bust the most common myths about cancer causes to help you get closer to the truth. In addition to offering the best breast tumor treatment options in Houston, the Breast Institute of Houston provides several prevention and evaluation services to help all types of patients dealing with cancer-related issues. Myths About Cancer Causes Below, we’ll list the 5 biggest myths about the causes of cancer and replace them with the truth so you know what lifestyle habits to avoid – and which ones you don’t need to worry about. Myth: Microwaves Cause Cancer Some folks shy away from the ease and convenience of a microwave as they believe that plastic wraps and other containers can release cancer-causing toxins into the air when …

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Smoking and Breast Cancer Risk

Woman smoking and increasing her breast cancer risk

At least 70 of the 5000 plus chemicals released by cigarette smoke are directly linked to an increased risk of cancer. These are known as carcinogens, and they use your lungs as an entry point before traveling throughout your body. Once inside, a carcinogen can increase your risk of cancer in two ways, depending on its form. It may alter your cellular metabolism to increase the rate of cell division, or it may actually damage your DNA. Both of these result in a change to normal cellular processes and increase the chance of mutations, which could result in the development of cancer. Let’s look at the relationship between smoking and breast cancer risk. Smoking and Breast Cancer Risk This is why smoking is regularly associated with increased cancer rates, especially in the lungs where the carcinogens are immediately received. Unfortunately, that isn’t where they stay. The carcinogens introduced to …

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Can a Benign Breast Cyst Turn into Cancer?

can a benign breast cyst turn into cancer

According to breastcancer.org, about 25% of breast masses turn out to be cysts. Cysts are round or oval organic structures filled with fluid. Many people think we can feel all breast cysts through the skin. Although this is true of many cysts, some are so small they are only detected with diagnostic imaging. A cyst that you can feel OR seen through imaging is a “gross cyst.” Still, some cysts are so tiny that they are virtually undetectable until they grow.

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Top Disproved Risks of Breast Cancer

  There are many factors that research has shown are not linked to and breast cancer symptoms. You may see information online or hear about these disproved or controversial risk factors, but it is important to learn the facts before digesting false information. Here are the top disproved risks of breast cancer. Antiperspirants Research on deodorant and antiperspirant use and breast cancer risk was driven by concerns that chemicals found in these products might enter the skin in the underarm and cause changes in breast cells that could lead to cancer. However, studies have found no link between deodorant and antiperspirant use and breast cancer risk. Based on the available evidence (including what we know about how the body works), there is little if any reason to believe that antiperspirants increase the risk of breast cancer. Bras and Underwire Bras Scientific evidence does not support a link between wearing …

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