Breast Cancer Awareness Month

1 out of every 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer. Unfortunately, more and more women are convincing themselves they have breast cancer after Googling different symptoms.

Irene’s Story

Irene (24 years old) recently experienced a pain in her right breast. The pain worsened within a couple hours and she decided to google ‘Breast Pain’.

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With the top 5 search options including the ‘C’ word – Irene immediately panicked! Irene and her mum worried for 2 days before she decided to visit the doctor. Thankfully, the doctor confirmed her Google Diagnosis was incorrect and she was in fact experiencing a side effect from the contraceptive pill.

It is vital for women to know the difference between breast cancer facts and fiction. Don’t believe everything you read on Google. Especially when searching a keyword featuring ‘breast’ – the ‘C’ word appears in every link. To avoid further anxiety and stress, here’s a list of 8 Busted Breast Cancer Myths:

  1. Wearing an underwire bra WILL NOT increase your chances of Breast Cancer
  2. Not all breast lumps are cancerous: 80% of lumps are benign, cysts or other conditions
  3. Women with breast implants are not at higher risk of breast cancer
  4. Wearing antiperspirant does not increase your chances of breast cancer
  5. There is no correlation between the size of your breasts and breast cancer
  6. Breast cancer doesn’t always come in the form of a lump
  7. Being overweight does increase your chance of breast cancer
  8. Abortions do not raise your chance of breast cancer

Don’t let the web, get to your head!

Stop Dr Google

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6 thoughts on “Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  1. Wow it’s crazy, as young adults, how much we rely on Google for these issues. Do you think this could be because we are too lazy or busy to actually head in and see a Doctor? Is this another case where technology encourages a laid back and easy going attitude towards our health and lifestyle?

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    1. We definitely think it is due to people believing they are too busy! From conversations we’ve had with some of our readers, many of them think they are saving themselves time by Googling their health symptoms. But they in fact end up wasting time afterwards getting unnecessary tests done because they’ve convinced themselves something is wrong.

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