This is what you need to know about prevention, screenings, and genetic risk.
The numbers around breast cancer are scary: According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the odds of a woman developing the disease in her lifetime is about 12%, or 1 in 8. In 2018, the ACS estimates that there will be about 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed, 63,960 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer reported, and 40,920 women are likely going to die from the disease.
But knowledge can save lives, which is why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is so important. Not only should you know the facts about breast cancer, but you should also be aware of what simply isn't true. From the significance of an unexpected lump to the importance of your family tree, here are seven common myths every woman should know.