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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
From pink, leopard-spotted rifles (yes, hunting rifles) to the Adam & Eve Natural Contours Pink Ribbon Vibrator, you can't take two steps without being reminded that it's Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Get the facts on what causes breast cancer now.
We know you're rolling your eyes at the ridiculous number of salmon-hued paraphernalia inundating you this month. But if there's an upside to the pink product overkill, it's this: It often prompts us to slow down for a moment and wonder, "Am I really doing everything I can to prevent this life-threatening disease from happening to me?"
Sure it's easy to scoff at some of the more ridiculous behaviors that supposedly cause cancer, like gabbing on your cell phone for more than 10 minutes a day or eating too many French fries. But admit it -- instead of chalking these risk factors up to being totally ludicrous, you have a nagging suspicion that some of them might actually be true.
Before you drop $100 on a state-of-the-art cell phone headset or boycott McDonald's for good, keep reading. Dr. Ruemu E. Birhiray, MD, a leading oncologist in Indianapolis, debunks some of the most prevalent myths about what causes breast cancer, so we can focus on the risk factors that matter most.
SEE NEXT PAGE: Myth No. 1: Antiperspirant causes breast cancer