Dr. Jyoti Arora, Senior Consultant Radiologist, Medanta, Medicity Hospital, clears the air around the most commonly believed myths
MYTH: Breast lumps are always cancerous
FACT: About About 80-90 per cent of the breast lumps are non-cancerous. Tests like mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy are needed to establish the nature of the lump.
MYTH: Needle test leads to spreading of cancer
FACT: Needle test does not lead to spreading of the cancer. It is essential to establish the nature of the lump and start treatment accordingly.
MYTH: Breast cancer only affects females
FACT: Males can also have cancer in 2 per cent of cases. So any breast lump in males should be further investigated.
MYTH: Women with lumpy breasts (fibro cystic disease) have higher chance of developing cancer
FACT: There does not appear to be a significant connection, however, it can be trickier to differentiate normal tissue from cancerous tissue and more tests may be needed to establish the diagnosis.