10 Breast Cancer "Facts" You Shouldn't Believe
Do antiperspirants, hair straighteners, and birth control pills increase your odds of getting breast cancer? Here are the answers you've been looking for
Myth No. 3: French fries cause breast cancerIn 2005, a study was published in the "International Journal of Cancer" that assessed whether preschool diets contributed to breast cancer risks manifesting at a later age. The "Daily Mail" then reported that feeding your preschool daughter about five French fries a week "raises [her] risk of breast cancer by 27 percent."
As the first large cancer risk study on childhood diets, this "fact" was largely considered truth until in 2010, when two large studies were conducted to search for the link between the chemical acrylamide (found in foods cooked at high temperatures) and the risk for breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancers. The studies, published in "Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention," found no link.
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