For many Americans, that means Columbus Day (a 3-day weekend for many), decorating for Fall, and stocking up on candy for trick-or-treaters.
For many, October also means breast cancer awareness and the pink-washing of America.
I will share my thoughts on the whole pink thing in a future post.
Despite bringing awareness to, and opening up dialogues about, the disease, Breast Cancer Awareness Month has yet to quell a myriad of myths women believe. I must admit, until I read this recent article on the Dana-Farber blog, I believed a few of them myself.
Top 10 Breast Cancer Myths
- Breast Lump = Cancer
- If a lump is painful, it is not cancer.
- Only older women get breast cancer. (I was diagnosed at age 44, my sister at age 42.)
- Most breast cancer is hereditary. (Neither my sister, nor myself, carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.)
- Deodorant/antiperspirant causes breast cancer. (Well, snap. I believed this myth.)
- Men don’t get breast cancer. (Oh, but they do!)
- You should avoid sugar and soy if you have breast cancer. (This myth makes me feel very uncomfortable as I have written about sugar in the past. I love tofu but have seriously limited my intake of soy because of it’s estrogen-like properties. Sorry Dana-Farber, I’m going to have to continue to my research into this one.)
- Self-screening is the most important factor in early diagnosis. (Umm… keep on self-screening, people. It’s how I found Bertha.)
- Exposing the tumor to air during surgery can cause cancer to spread. (To quote the adorable lemur from the Madagascar movies: “How is that even possible?”)
- A mastectomy is the best therapy.
See the full article with infographic on the Dana-Farber blog: