Breast Cancer Myths And Facts

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Breast Cancer Quizzes & Trivia

Test your knowledge of breast health and breast cancer.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    There are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Making healthy lifestyle choices such as eating a low fat diet that is high in fruits, veggies and grains, exercising regularly and limiting alcohol may reduce your breast cancer risk.

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  • 2. 

    Underarm deodorants cause breast cancer.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    There is no scientic evidence that deodorants or antiperspirants cause breast cancer. If you are still worried about this possibility there are a number of natural products you can use instead.

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  • 3. 

    Having a mammogram will expose me to too much radiation.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The radiation dose of a mammogram has a one-in-a-million chance of causing a breast cancer. Remember – mammography can decrease the risk of dying from breast cancer by 40%. Digital units have even less radiation.

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  • 4. 

    You can reduce your risk for breast cancer by maintaining a healthy body weight.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Maintaining a healthy body weight can reduce your risk for breast cancer. This is particularly important for post-menopausal women.

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  • 5. 

    You don't have to worry about breast cancer if you don't have a family history of the disease.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    More than 90% of breast cancers are diagnosed in women who do not have a family history of the disease. Being a woman and getting older are the two biggest risk factors.

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  • 6. 

    A mammogram can be mildly uncomfortable.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Some women experience discomfort during a mammogram. To lessen the discomfort, schedule your mammogram during the first two weeks after your period, avoid coffee the week before and take a Tylenol one hour before your mammogram.

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  • 7. 

    Breastfeeding can reduce your risk for developing breast cancer.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The longer you breastfeed your baby, the better. Breastfeeding lowers your lifetime exposure to estrogen – when you are nursing you don’t ovulate.
    Breast tissue is shed during lactation and for mature cells, there’s programmed cell death. Both decrease cancer risk as cells with potential DNA damage are shed or die.

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  • 8. 

    Breast cancer only affects women.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Although diagnosed less often, approximately 1% of people diagnosed with breast cancer are men.

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  • 9. 

    A lump in your breast means you have breast cancer.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Most abnormalities in your breast are not breast cancer, however you should speak to your doctor immediately if you notice any changes. 8/10 lumps are not cancerous.

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  • 10. 

    Smoking can increase your risk for breast cancer.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    If you smoke, quit. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. There are over 50 carcinogens in one cigarette and more than 20 of those are “mammary” carcinogens. The risk includes exposure to second hand smoke.

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