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Breast Cancer: Can You Separate Fact From Fiction?

Breast Cancer: Can You Separate Fact From Fiction?

by Tara Rummell Berson

Staying on top of the latest breast cancer news is the smartest way to understand and protect yourself against the disease — aside from early detection. But with so many myths and outdated ideas floating around, it's tough to keep all the facts straight. "Becoming educated about the complex medical, personal and practical information about breast cancer is your ticket to the best care possible," says Marisa Weiss, MD, founder and president of BreastCancer.org. "Being informed is essential to communicating effectively with your doctor and becoming an active participant in your health care." Are you in the know? Take our quiz to find out.

You always hear rumors that everyday items can cause breast cancer. Which of the following has been definitively proven to increase your chances of getting the disease?
1 of 10 questions

Drinking caffeine

Using antiperspirants

Wearing an underwire bra

None of the above

Stress or having a type-A personality is the primary trigger for breast cancer.
2 of 10 questions

True

False

Research indicates that consuming certain foods or drinks may increase or decrease your odds of developing breast cancer. Which one has been linked to raising your risk?
3 of 10 questions

Red meat

Coffee

Soda

Tofu

Breast cancer is the number one killer of women in the United States.
4 of 10 questions

True

False

Carrying excess weight around your waist can increase your risk of developing breast cancer.
5 of 10 questions

True

False

Breastfeeding can decrease your chances of getting breast cancer.
6 of 10 questions

True

False

Researchers have yet to prove that which one of the following factors increases your risk of getting breast cancer:
7 of 10 questions

Hormone replacement therapy

Family history of breast cancer

Preservatives in food

Getting older

A monthly breast self-exam is the most effective way to detect breast cancer.
8 of 10 questions

True

False

Drinking red wine substantially increases your odds of beating breast cancer.
9 of 10 questions

True

False

Women with a smaller bust size have a lower risk of getting breast cancer.
10 of 10 questions

True

False