A doctor refutes four myths about what causes breast cancer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and every Monday Komen For The Cure is bringing you news and information about breast cancer prevention and treatment on 41 Action News Midday. This week we asked Dr. Stephanie Graff to clear up 4 misconceptions that women may have about breast cancer:

Myth: Wearing an underwire bra increases your risk of getting breast cancer.
Fact: Your underwire has no connection to breast cancer risk.
Claims that underwire bras compress the lymphatic system of the breast, causing toxins to accumulate and cause breast cancer, have been widely debunked as unscientific.

Myth: Wearing antiperspirant increases your risk of getting breast cancer.
Fact: The American Cancer Society does not think much of this rumor, but admits that more research is needed.
Parabens, which are used as preservatives in some antiperspirants, have estrogen-like properties but haven't conclusively been shown to have a connection with breast cancer.

Myth: Small-breasted women have less chance of getting breast cancer.
Fact: There's no connection between the size of your breasts and your risk of getting breast cancer.
Large breasts may be harder to examine than small breasts, but all women should commit to routine screenings and checkups, regardless of their breast size.

Myth: Caffeine causes breast cancer.
Fact: Some research suggests that caffeine may actually lower your risk.

Read more about breast cancer detection and research on our Komen Kansas City page: http://tinyurl.com/8wt8ffq

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