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5 Breast Cancer Myths You Need To Address In Your 20s

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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