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. 4: Having an abortion increases your risk of getting breast cancerFact: "What we know is that women who have had children and who have had full-term pregnancies have a reduced risk of getting breast cancer," says Birhiray. According to the "Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia," women who complete a first full-term pregnancy before turning 20 have half the risk of developing breast cancer as women whose first full-term pregnancy is after 30. "I believe some people have taken the opposite to also be true, meaning that if you don't complete a full-term [such as induced abortions or miscarriages], you're raising your risk of getting the disease," says Birhiray. "And there is no clear evidence that that is true."
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