According to oncologists, there are four common myths about breast cancer, which may affect the prevention and treatment of the most common type of cancer in women.
The first - to think that there is no risk, because in the family no one was sick with cancer.
"Less than 10 percent of breast cancers are associated with genetics or the genes you receive from relatives," - says Dr. Parvin Peddie, an oncologist from the University of California at Los Angeles.
"Just because no one in your family has had breast cancer does not mean that there is no risk - explains Paddy in a university news release -. In fact, more than 90 percent of breast cancer cases are not connected with the history of family illness . "
Another myth is that sugar causes breast cancer.
"Although simple carbohydrates do not bring benefits to the body, the sugar does not cause breast cancer or any other type of cancer," - says Peddie. - So there is no reason to exclude sugar completely from your diet. "
However, to reduce the risk of developing the disease, the American Cancer Society recommends eating more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and reduce intake of red meat, processed meat and sweets.
The third myth is that women can not do anything to take to reduce the risk.
"In fact, physical exercise, maintaining a normal body weight and moderate alcohol consumption reduces the risk of developing the disease," - says Peddie.
Finally, some people mistakenly believe that early detection of cancer will not change the patient's diagnosis.
"When in my clinic patients come with early-stage breast cancer, in fact, chances of recovery are greater When the cancer is detected at a later stage, it is much harder to treat, -. Says Peddie -. So that the timely passage of mammography is important to identify the disease at an early stage. "
The Task Force on prevention services in the United States recommends that you do a mammogram at age 50, and the American Cancer Society, even earlier - with 45 years.