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Myths About Breast Cancer

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A note on terms:

Everyone has breast tissue and people of all genders can get breast cancer. To be clear and consistent, we use the word ‘breasts’ in our health information, rather than boobs, pecs or chest. When we say breasts, we mean the tissue from your rib cage up to your collarbone and armpits, including your nipples.

There is a lot of information out there about breast cancer, and it can be confusing to know what is true. Some of the headlines are scary and they are not always accurate, so let’s bust a few myths.

Deodorant

There is no evidence that deodorant causes breast cancer. Whatever deodorant you use, it will not increase your risk of breast cancer.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are relatively new, so there is no long term evidence about their lasting effects. However, the best research says that mobile phones do not cause cancer. The radio waves from mobile phones in the UK are too weak to cause cancer. 4G and 5G transmit radio waves too, but they are also too weak to cause cancer. We recommend you do not keep your phone in your bra, but only for your own comfort!

Bras

Wearing an underwired bra will not increase your risk of breast cancer. Wearing the wrong size bra will not increase your risk of breast cancer. Wearing a bra is a choice. It’s up to you what you wear. If you choose to wear a bra, you will be more comfortable in a bra that fits well. Your choice either way will not increase your risk of breast cancer.  

Breast Implants

There are risks involved with all surgery, and there are risks involved with all implants (prosthesis). However, there is no evidence that breast implants increase your risk of breast cancer. If you have breast implants, you should be checking your chest regularly. We have more information all about breast implants here.

This information was published in April 2021. We will revise it in 2024.

Natural Changes

Your breasts will go through a lot of changes in your life. Some are normal, for example your breasts will change during pregnancy. Some changes you need to get checked by a doctor.

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