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The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, BC/Yukon Region has put together a few facts to help dispel the most common misunderstandings about breast cancer.

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myths about mammograms

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(NC)-The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, BC/Yukon Region has put together a few facts to help dispel the most common misunderstandings about breast cancer and mammography. Take a look to see if you recognize some of these excuses, and find out why you shouldn't believe them. Then be sure to share this information with the women you care about.

MYTH: Mammography is dangerous and exposes me to radiation.

FACT: A woman is exposed to only a small amount of radiation during a mammogram. This amount is equivalent to what the average person is exposed to from everyday sources of radiation, for example, three months worth of sunlight.

MYTH: It's too painful.

FACT: Most women do not find the seconds it takes to have a mammogram painful. Those who have sensitive breasts due to their menstrual cycle should book their mammogram around times of physical comfort and convenience. Keep in mind that caffeine increases breast sensitivity so remember to reduce consumption a week prior to your mammogram.

MYTH: I'm not in the age range recommended for mammography.

FACT: If you're a woman over 40 you should have a regular mammogram. If you are under 40 years old, be aware of your own body and make sure you know how your breast normally look and feel and make sure to see your local physician at least once a year.

MYTH: It scares me to think that my results might tell me that I have a lump.

FACT: Around 80% of abnormalities detected are not cancerous. If a cancerous tumor is found, your annual mammogram can catch it during the early stages when it is small. The smaller it is the more treatment options available.

MYTH: I'm very healthy and no one in my family has had breast cancer.

FACT: Growing older raises the cancer risk for any woman. During the early stages of cancer development there are no physical symptoms. A mammogram is the only way to know for sure. Breast cancer is not necessarily hereditary. Breast cancer can affect any woman at any time.

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