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What is the biggest misconception that women have about breast cancer?

Dr. Amanda J. Morehouse, MD
Critical Care Surgeon

One of the biggest misconceptions that women have about breast cancer is that doing screening mammograms prevents breast cancer. A lot of women are shocked when they get a breast cancer diagnosis after they have had a mammogram. The mammogram is not preventing, it's just screening, just searching for the possibility to happen. The second biggest misconception is that some women think since their mother, or their mother's sister, or their grandmother didn't have breast cancer, therefore they don't have a risk of getting breast cancer. Most breast cancers are sporadic, meaning they don't have a family history. And if there is a family history, the father's side is equally as important as the mother's side.

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