Myth: Injuring your breasts can damage the cells and cause cancer.

NO. Breast injuries don’t cause cancer, but rather may lead to the discovery of breast cancer in the injured area.

While it’s important that we are protect our breasts from exposure to toxins and injury, it’s also important that we keep complicated information and issues from being misinterpreted and spread as fear.

Sometimes breast injury can cause a benign (non-cancerous) lump called a fat necrosis. However, more often, the Canadian Cancer Society suggests that a cancer diagnosis may happen after physical injury because the treatment for the injury leads to the discovery of a cancer that was already there. For example, if a person breaks a bone and goes to the hospital to get examined they might find that a cancerous tumour caused the bone to weaken, ultimately causing the break.


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