Separating fact from fiction about breast cancer

A woman receives a mammogram. (Photo: National Cancer Institute)

If you've seen pink ribbons at your favorite stores or restaurants, you probably know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, according to the American Cancer Society.

There's a lot of information out there about breast cancer, but there are a lot of myths out there about the disease.

So we spoke to breast surgeon Dr. Preeti Subhedar from Emory's Winship Cancer Institute to clear up some of those myths.

“Just because you don’t have a family history of breast cancer doesn’t mean you can’t get breast cancer,” she said.

That for goes men as well.

“About 2,000 men with breast cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year," Subhedar said.

As far as a possible relationship between breast cancer, antiperspirants and deodorants?

"Antiperspirants and deodorants are not linked with causing breast cancer," she said.

What about caffeine?

"Caffeine does not, has not been shown to increase your chance of breast cancer."

Neither does wearing an underwire bra.

One of Subhedar's patients has some advice for women.

"Most definitely do monthly checks. And do yearly mammograms," said breast cancer patient Geraldine Collins.

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