Breast cancer can often be confusing and frightening disease. Most of us are unfamiliar with the its facts. And we all see the pink products raising awareness and funds to find a cure. 5 things about breast cancer you wish you’d known, one of them is that it can happen to anyone.

1. It’s not just a Grandma’s disease and your deodorant doesn’t cause it

Women in their twenty’s to forty’s can and do get breast cancer, despite a lack of awareness that it can affect younger people. More than 80% of people who get breast cancer don’t have any family history. Some factors of genetics can play a role BUT statistically, the majority of people diagnosed with it don’t have a clear cut link to the disease. So don’t assume that genetics are the be-all and end-all of breast cancer.

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2. Regardless of what you’ve heard or seen, early detection is not a cure but first step towards recovery.

20-30% of those with early breast cancer are later diagnosed with metastatic disease (when it spreads to distant sites in the body). While with treatments it continues to improve.

3. Not just a lump, there are other symptoms too.

Lump in the breast is a common symptom but many people don’t realize that there can be other signs to look out for. Other possible symptoms can include itchiness, redness or swelling, puckering of the skin, changes in the nipple or nipple leaks. It may be a normal when you are breastfeeding But it could also be a sign of trouble if it happens randomly, if it’s bloody, or if it only happens on one breast.

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4. Breast cancer can hit anyone, of any gender

Anyone who have breast tissues can get breast cancer, most men get to know about it too late because they aren’t looking. Although rare, But it’s still important for men to be breast aware, particularly those with a family history or genetic mutation, or those who received radiation to the chest area.

5. There is no answer to this ‘why’.

Many people aren’t aware that there is not only one “kind” of breast cancer. In fact, there are many types and subtypes. Different people are treated differently, a young person diagnosed with the same breast cancer as an older one, may have a different condition and require different treatment, due to the more aggressive nature of cancer in young adults.

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