Q: ARE all breast lumps cancerous?

Q: ARE all breast lumps cancerous?

A: No. Eight out of ten lumps are non-cancerous.

Q: Will a severe bump on the breast cause cancer?

A: No. Such injuries often draw attention to a pre-existing lump.

Q: Will fibre-rich diets prevent breast cancer?

A: No. It is important to eat a balanced diet. Fibre-rich diets will help prevent diabetes and heart disease.

Q: Can using antiperspirants cause breast cancer?

A: No. There is no medical evidence to substantiate this rumour.

Q: Is being overweight a risk for breast cancer?

A: Yes. Obesity in general is a risk factor for several cancers.

Q: Does alcohol intake have a connection with breast cancer?

A: Yes. Two drinks a day increases the risk by 25percent.

Q: Am I at a higher risk if my mother had breast cancer before menopause?

A: Yes. There are family correlations.


Many risk factors cannot be controlled. Some experts in the field of diet and cancer agree that changes in diet and lifestyle might reduce the incidence of cancer.

Efforts have focused on early detection since breast cancer is more easily treated and often curable if detected early. Breast self-examination, clinical breast examination by a medical professional and mammograms are tools of early detection.

Examine your breasts once a month, one week after your menstrual period if you are age 20 or older. Breast examinations are recommended for women aged 20 to 39 at least every three years. After 40, have clinical breast examinations every year.

A mammogram is the most effective way of detecting breast cancer early. Annual mammograms are recommended for women age 40 and older. - Cansa website