WITH Pinktober being celebrated the world over, it is important to realise that there is nothing which links miscarriages or abortions to higher breast cancer risks.
And there is also no evidence which suggests that anti-perspirants cause breast cancer by leading to a build-up of toxins in the lymph glands under the arm — these are simply myths.
Today, we continue with these commonly asked questions.
Can underarm anti-perspirants increase the risk of breast cancer?
This common myth about breast cancer stems from an email rumour circulating some years ago that claimed the chemicals in anti-perspirants cause breast cancer by leading to a build-up of toxins in the lymph glands under the arm.
There is no conclusive evidence to support this.
The American Cancer Society says a large study published in 2002 found no link between breast cancer risk and anti-perspirant or deodorant use.
Can having an abortion or miscarriage cause breast cancer?
Research has shown there is no link between termination of pregnancy — whether abortion or miscarriage — and an increased risk of breast cancer.
If there's no history of breast cancer in my family, don't I still need to have mammograms?
People who have a family history of breast cancer are at significantly increased risk of getting the disease, but around 90 per cent of people who develop breast cancer have no family history.
Is it true only women get breast cancer?
Men can get breast cancer too, but it's rare — about 100 men in Australia develop breast cancer every year.
The most common symptom of breast cancer in men is a painless lump in the breast close to the nipple.
Other possible symptoms include a discharge from the nipple, a change in the shape or appearance of the nipple or breast and swollen glands under the arm.