With anything in life, especially diseases and various health conditions, there’s a lot of misinformation out there and I don’t know about you, but when it comes to my health, that’s the last thing I want there to be any confusion about. Am I right or am I right?
To help you take better control of your health, I’m dispelling five common myths about breast cancer, a disease that’s expected to take the lives of about 40,000 women this year alone.
Myth #1: Only women are diagnosed with breast cancer.
Yes, it’s true that women are 100x more likely than men to get develop breast cancer in their lifetime, but it’s estimated that nearly 2,400 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 440 will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.
Myth #2: Breast cancer is an older white woman’s disease.
White women are diagnosed with breast cancer more often than Black women; however, we tend to be diagnosed younger and have the more aggressive form of the disease. Additionally, the mortality rate for Black women is considerably higher.
“The media focuses on this demographic, but the reality is that breast cancer affects women of all ethnicity and ages,” says Dr. Bola Oyeyipo, a family physician in southern California and co-founder of Healthgist.com.