x Eve Woman Wellness Readers Lounge Leisure and Travel My Man Bridal Health Relationships Parenting About Us Digital News Videos Opinions Cartoons Education E-Paper Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman Travelog TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise BULK SMS E-Learning Digger Classified The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS
Login ×
BTV
VAS
DCX
RMS

Five common misconceptions about cancer in women

Health - By Vivianne Wandera | November 8th 2019 at 07:00:00 GMT +0300
Avoid self-diagnosis and visit your doctor if something is out of the ordinary (Photo: Shutterstock)

A cancer diagnosis can be frightening and changes one's life forever. However, there are many misconceptions about what causes cancer in women, especially breast cancer and a lot of women have fallen for these lies and diagnosed themselves.

Before assuming that you have cancer just because of a small rash or a lump that you have felt in your breast, see a doctor for a correct diagnosis.

These are some of the most common misconceptions about what causes cancer in women.

1. Bras cause cancer

The theory behind these claims revolves around an explanation that bras block the circulation of lymphatic fluid causing your breasts to well with toxins.

It is highly unlikely however that lymph fluids can be trapped in an underwire because the fluids do not flow in that direction and a bra that fits properly prevents the breast ligaments from overstretching.

In a 2014 study by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Centre, there was no link found between wearing bras and cancer and many other respected cancer research institutes have supported these facts that wearing a bra does not in any way put women at risk of getting breast cancer.

  1. READ MORE
  2. 1. Woman with 'dead' ovaries says new diet helped her fall pregnant
  3. 2. Woman who lied about terminal cancer to raise Sh1.1 million to pay for wedding is jailed
  4. 3. Why I specialised in breast cancer surgery
  5. 4. Woman faked terminal cancer for Sh1.2 million dream wedding

If your bra is painful, you should consider get it measured properly to ensure that it fits you perfectly and not panic that you have cancer.

2. Mammograms can cause cancer

Cancer, just like any disease, when discovered early can be treated and this reduces the risk of one dying from cancer by 25 percent.

According to scientists, the benefits of mammograms are greater than any risks linked to them. A yearly mammogram that takes about 20 minutes involves very little exposure to radiation, which is less than what one is exposed to when getting an X-ray. Thus, it is impossible for radiation treatment to result in cancer.

3. Antiperspirants increase risk of getting cancer

Several studies dispute this theory but also admit that more research on the matter needs to be done. Parabens, which are used as preservatives in some antiperspirants and tend to have weak oestrogen-like properties were found in one study in small samples of breast cancer tumours.

There was no cause and effect in the study between breast cancer and parabens and the study did not identify the source of the parabens found in the tumour.

Another study published in 2002 by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute studied 1,606 women and found that there was no link whatsoever between the use of antiperspirant and cancer.

Another study carried out in 2006 compared women who were with and without breast cancer and found that 82 percent of women without cancer has used antiperspirant as opposed to 52 percent of women who had cancer. These findings do not support the theory that using antiperspirant increases a woman's risk of getting cancer.

Regular self-checks can help detect cancer early (Photo: Shutterstock)

4. Breast cancer must be in the form of a lump

A lump in your breast could mean you either have breast cancer or any benign breast condition that is not cancerous. This does not mean that upon feeling a lump it should be ignored, lumps in the breast should be taken seriously as they could mean something more serious and advanced.

Look out for other signs like thickening of the nipple or breast skin, skin irritation or dimpling, nipple pain and nipple retraction, formation of scales, discharge that is not milk and redness.

Consider getting a mammogram often as breast cancer can also spread to the underarm lymph nodes and cause a swelling there before a tumour in the breast is large enough to be felt.

5. After a mastectomy, you can never get cancer

Even though some women get breast cancer even after getting a mastectomy, this does not mean that every woman who has a mastectomy will get cancer.

Most women who get cancer after a mastectomy get it at the site of the scar or the original cancer may have spread further than the doctors had discovered.

A woman's risk of getting cancer after a mastectomy is reduced by an average of 90 percent meaning the chances are very minimal that the cancer will recur.

Top Stories

Meet Joe Biden's family, behind him all through during his decades in politics
Entertainment - By Mirror


What you need to know about incoming United States VP Kamala Harris
Achieving Woman - By Derrick Oluoch


Melania's last days in the White House 'as she snubbed staff'
Entertainment - By Mirror


Powerful gentlemen who quit their jobs, titles to support their spouses
Living - By Derrick Oluoch and Lolita Bunde


Kamala Harris husband quit his job to be second gentleman
Entertainment - By Derrick Oluoch


Meet US Vice President Kamala Harris' adorable great-nieces who have gone viral
Entertainment - By Mirror


Kim Kardashian and Kanye West quit marriage counselling as he 'instructs lawyers'
Entertainment - By Mirror


US First Lady Melania Trump snubs Jill Biden, refuses to show her around White House
Entertainment - By Mirror


What we will miss about Melania and Ivanka Trumps’s fashion sense
Fashion and Beauty - By Lolita Bunde


From teacher to second lady to first lady: What you need to know about Jill Biden
Achieving Woman - By Derrick Oluoch


Latest Stories

Sleep expert shares 'simple trick' to get an extra hour of sleep every night
Health - By Mirror


Five tips for better periods
Health - By Audrey Masitsa


The origins of COVID-19
Health - By Reuters


Woman dubbed world's first Covid patient who vanished from Wuhan a year ago still missing
Health - By Mirror


Coronavirus mutant strains: Everything you need to know as new variant emerges in Brazil
Health - By Mirror


Fatigue is a common side effect of Covid-19 and it could last months
Health - By Mirror


How to boost your immune system amid coronavirus
Health - By Mirror


Ask the doctor: Female hormonal imbalance explained
Health - By Dr Alfred Murage


Six ways you can enhance your health
Health - By Audrey Masitsa


Dentist shares toothbrush cleaning hack - and explains how much dirt is on the bristles
Health - By Mirror


Stay Ahead!

Access premium content only available
to our subscribers.

Or Login With Your Standard Account
Support independent journalism

Please enter your email address to continue

Support independent journalism
×
Create An Account
Support independent journalism
I have an account Log in
Reset Password
Support independent journalism
Log in