12 Things That Probably Don't Increase Breast Cancer Risk
The truth about breast cancer
About 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer by the age of 85—and it's probably safe to say that we will all know someone who's affected by this disease in some way. With stats like that, it's no wonder that breast cancer is the most-feared cancer among women. Unfortunately, that fear breeds misinformation, and you may be wasting your time and energy avoiding products, foods, and behaviors that have no scientifically proven effect on your breast cancer risk. Here are 12 of them.
Wearing a bra
Getting breast implants
Wearing deodorant or antiperspirant
Having a mammogram, MRI, or ultrasound
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound are sometimes used in addition to mammograms to screen for breast cancer. Neither of these techniques use radiation. MRIs involve the use of magnets while ultrasound uses sound waves.
Having an abortion
Other factors that affect a woman's hormonal level do seem to raise the risk of breast cancer, however. These include starting your period early in life, going through menopause late, never having children, or taking certain birth control pills.