The five myths and facts of breast cancer

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Myths

Facts

I am too young to get breast cancer

Many women who are under 40 are diagnosed with breast cancer

Men cannot get breast cancer

1 in 922 men have a lifetime risk of breast cancer

Alcohol is not linked to breast cancer

Alcohol use increases the risk of breast cancer

Only women with a family history of breast cancer are at risk

All women are at risk, but family history increases the risk

I have never had children, so I can’t get breast cancer

Women who have never had children, or only had them after 30, have increased risk of breast cancer

This report was brought together by the Cancer Association of South Africa ​

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