5 Breast Cancer Myths You Need To Address In Your 20s | Clozette
Being in our 20s is absolutely one of the most memorable phases in our lives. The perks of both our youth and adulthood are within our grasp and we have to make the most out of it. But with the fast-paced lifestyle that comes along our personal and career-related adventures, we are much more prone to health risks more than we think. And one of these perils is breast cancer.

We are often unfazed by the idea of breast cancer in this age since it has been a long-standing belief that it can only hit women in their 40s and above. But it doesn't mean that our youth keeps us safe from risk. Whatever age you're in, always remember that the best preventive measure is to be informed. 

So this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here's a list of the most common myths about breast cancer that you should definitely keep in check as early as your 20s.

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Myth # 1: it's in the genes



We've all learned in biology that certain traits and even illnesses could be passed down through genetics. But recent studies show that only 10% of breast cancer cases are passed on to the child and most women diagnosed have no family history of being hit by the disease.
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Myth #2: it's about your cup size



Most people believe that the larger your breasts, the higher the chances of you getting breast cancer. This makes people who have smaller cup sizes take less measures to prevent the disease. However, regardless of the cup size, one's lifestyle and habits are much more important to take note of when looking for risk factors leading to breast cancer.


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Myth #3: wearing an underwired bra can cause breast cancer



Did someone ever warn you that you should never go for underwired bras? It's because many people believe that it will block the drainage of lymph fluid from the bottom of your breasts, making it hard to get it back in your body. And as the myth goes, this causes breast cancer. However, scientists who have looked into the matter claim that wearing or not wearing any type of bra does not have a correlation to having the disease. In fact, it is recommended that you should get the necessary support for your breasts to prevent other health risks such as back pains and other spine-related ailments. 


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Myth #4: antiperspirants block toxins from coming out, thus causing breast cancer



One of the reasons why we use deodorants, specifically antiperspirants, is to keep our underarms dry throughout a long and busy day. But there are tons of speculation suggesting that the chemicals in antiperspirants are absorbed by the skin, blocking the release of toxins. This supposedly cause the toxins to build up in our breasts and eventually lead to breast cancer.

However, studies show that even the strongest antiperspirants do not have this effect. Sweating does very little in releasing toxins, as they are released by the kidneys through our urine or are processed by our liver. And while there are concerns about chemicals, such as phthalates and parabens, these are proved to not cause breast cancer. But if you really want to be cautious, there are tons of paraben-free and phthalates-free antiperspirants in the market that you can choose from.


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Myth #5: you can only start mammogram-testing once you reach your 40s



There are varying factors to be considered if you are thinking of getting a mammogram. Once every two years is enough for women in their 20s and 30s, as long as they do breast self-examination every month after their monthly period. But if a lump is detected at any point and age, a mammogram is recommended as soon as possible. 

Do take note that a mammogram can't assure 100% safety against breast cancer, but prevention and early detection is still your best bet in fighting this disease.

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Know any other myths about breast cancer that needs debunking? Share them with us in the comments below!
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With tons of occurrences that make us question our faith in humanity, we can't help but try to be beacons of hope even in our own little ways. And it can be quite inspiring once brands and personalities come together to create something to embody a significant message.

This fall, American singer, songwriter, and music producer Pharrell Williams collaborated once again with Adidas for a collection that speaks volumes. The collection aptly named Hu aims to shine a spotlight on communities around the world, sharing stories and traditions of humanity.



"Hu is short for human – human being, human race, humankind. But Hu itself is also a reference to color [hue]. As human beings, we all have a color. We all look different, we all speak different languages, but we’re all connected." - Pharrell Williams

Celebrating the spirit of equality, acceptance, co-existence, and understanding, the collection features flags, stripes, and translations of the phrase “Human Race” in English, French, and Japanese. With the bold language, design, and message, this is a collection that's simply one for the books. 

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The Pharrell X Adidas 'Hu' Collection is available in all Adidas outlets worldwide. Find out more about the collection by visiting www.adidas.com/PHARRELL.
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Is your closet starting to overflow with unused clothes? Or are you looking to give your style a little revamp? If you said yes to both, then it's time to declutter your closet! 

Let's face it, you don't really need a dozen pair of culottes or bardot tops, right? Believe it or not, having a "simple and basic" wardrobe will inspire you more when it comes to putting together outfits for the week because they're the foundations of every look -- allowing you to style classic pieces and make them look trendy. 

So to find out which pieces you need in your closet to perfect your new and effortless style, keep reading below!


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Loose shirt



A loose shirt is actually more stylish than an ordinary T-shirt -- its unstructured yet sexy because of it’s flowy material. Put a leather or denim jacket over it for that effortlessly trendy finish, and strut your way out! 

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Jeans



Who doesn’t love denim? Choose a pair of jeans that best complement your body shape and those that would make your legs look longer and leaner, and you'll have a no-fail partner for all your tops every day. 


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Dress



A dress is literally a 2-minute outfit since its design requires minimal styling. So make sure you have a go-to dress that makes you feel gorgeous, and can take you from casual and fun get togethers to glamorous and dazzling nights out. 


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Structured top



A boxy top instantly adds style to any of your outfits because it adds structure and dimension. Whether you wear it with jeans, skirts, or shorts, you will always look fashionable wherever you go.


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Jackets



A blazer, leather jacket, cardigan, denim jacket, bomber jacket, or any layering jacket that fits your personal style is a must in your closet. Aside from keeping you warm during the colder months, jackets give every outfit they're paired with a little 'oomph' for that edgy finish.


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Felted hat



A felted hat can instantly create a high fashion look and make heads turn. Just remember to go for one with a minimal design instead of a bold one; you want your hat to complement your outfit, not overpower it!


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Kicks



Instead of going for uncomfortable heels that will pinch your feet, choose a rad pair of kicks or elegant loafers to save you through any fashion emergency. Because why sacrifice comfort for style when you can have both?


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Tote bag



Every girl needs a wonder bag that can fit all her essentials in. Which is why tote bags are a must-have! Not only are they very handy in all occasions, but they're sturdy enough for every day use.


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Bold sunglasses



Invest in a good pair of sunglasses that you can use anywhere and everywhere to protect your eyes from the heat and look dashing at the same time.


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Stripes



Thanks to fashion icon Audrey Hepburn, a striped top has become a wardrobe staple. Because of its sophisticated nautical vibe, this top is perfect for any season as its structure allows it to still look elegant wherever, whenever.

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What are your top style staples? Share them with us below!

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