It’s the top cancer affecting women worldwide, yet there are still common misconceptions about the causes and detection of breast cancer. From deodorant to underwire bras and radiation, we debunk some prevalent myths

breast-cancer-1Breast cancer affects about 1 in 7 Canadian women during their lifetime, and it's the second leading cause of cancer deaths after lung cancer. Yet new studies and medical advice reported in the media are often confusing or contradictory. Here, 10 common misconceptions about the causes and detection of breast cancer from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF).

MYTH #1: Antiperspirants or deodorants cause breast cancer

FACT: Several studies have looked into a link between antiperspirants or deodorants and breast cancer, and there is still no conclusive evidence that using these products increases risk. However, since some deodorants contain aluminum, avoid wearing it when you go for a mammogram since it could lead to an inaccurate screening result by making cancers and other abnormalities more difficult to detect.

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