Myth: Nipple piercings cause breast cancer.

No. There is no correlation between nipple piercings and breast cancer. However, these kinds of piercings do have a plethora of potential health effects, some that can mimic symptoms of breast cancer.


While it’s important the we exercise caution around what we do to our bodies and the ways we alter them, it’s also important that we don’t allow complicated and controversial issues to be misinterpreted and spread as frightening rumours. No, there is no correlation between nipple piercings and breast cancer. However, these kinds of piercings can cause different potential health effects, some that mimic symptoms of breast cancer.

According to the Maurer Foundation, there are no studies that link nipple piercings and breast cancer. However, they can lead to issues breastfeeding in the future and other health complications, such as:

Infection

Scar tissue development

Painful abscesses (pus-filled lumps under the skin)

These issues are usually treatable.


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