Myth BUSTers

WITH SO MUCH IN­FOR­MA­TION ABOUT BREAST CAN­CER GO­ING AROUND, WE TAKE A FEW THINGS OFF OUR CHEST AND WELL, BUST SOME MYTHS! BY TENGKU ZAI

CLEO (Malaysia) - - PROMOTION -

MYTH: STRESS CAN CAUSE BREAST CAN­CER. TRUTH: In short, there’s no sci­en­tific ev­i­dence to sup­port this. How­ever, other fac­tors such as hor­mones, ge­net­ics and diet are more likely to play a role in caus­ing the can­cer. In a study con­ducted at the Univer­sity Health Net­work and Univer­sity of Toronto, Canada, a whop­ping 47 per cent of 400 women who’d been free of the disease for an av­er­age of nine years be­lieve that can­cer was due to stress. The study’s au­thors reckon that women blame stress as it gives them a sense of con­trol over the sick­ness and en­ables them to make life­style changes. MYTH: IT’S ALL A MON­EY­MAK­ING CON­SPIR­ACY! TRUTH: Yes, the breast can­cer mar­ket will grow to what is be­lieved to be­come a USD15 bil­lion (RM50 bil­lion) in­dus­try in the United States, France, Ger­many, Italy, Spain, the United King­dom and Ja­pan by 2022 (this means a mar­ket growth rate of about five per cent per year), which is huge, but it’s only be­cause there will be more pre­mi­umpriced novel ther­a­pies in the fight against the disease. This means that women will have more op­tions at var­i­ous stages of the ail­ment. MYTH: ONLY HIS­TORY RE­PEATS IT­SELF. TRUTH: Hav­ing a lack­adaisi­cal at­ti­tude to­wards can­cer in­creases the risk of get­ting the ill­ness. Re­ports find that women who don’t have a his­tory of breast can­cer in their fam­ily tend to be less con­cerned about con­duct­ing self­ex­am­i­na­tions. But it’s im­por­tant to know that his­tory or no his­tory, ev­ery woman’s breasts have a gland that can mu­tate into can­cer­ous cells – some­thing that can hap­pen in the health­i­est per­son too. So al­ways think of your well­be­ing, es­pe­cially be­cause un­like cer­vi­cal can­cer, there’s no preven­tion for breast can­cer. Only reg­u­lar check-ups can en­sure you don’t al­low the disease to reach a crit­i­cal point be­fore dis­cov­er­ing it.

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