Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If I have cancer in one breast does that mean that I will get it in or her breast as well?

A: Women with cancer in one breast have a 5% higher chance of developing it in the other breast than healthy women.

Q: Do breast implants increase the risk of breast cancer?

A: No, breast implants don’t increase the risk of breast cancer, but they can make it more difficult for mammography
to detect an early breast tumor.

Q: Will breast cancer always be painless?

A: Most early breast cancers do not hurt. However, some are associated with unusual sensations in the breast including soreness or burning..

Q: Does every lump need surgery?

A: No. Some breast lumps are benign and need surgery only if the size of the mass is more than 2 cm (or maybe less than this depending on the size of the breast). If, however, the lump is malignant, surgery will be performed in any case.

Q: Can men get breast cancer?

A: Yes, although it is much rare than women (less than 1% of all cases of breast cancer). Breast cancer in both men and women is the same condition where a malignant tumor develops that can metastasize to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body. Men can also develop lumps that are not cancerous, that are called gynaecomastia. If you have a lump, you need to see to your physician.

Q: Can a cyst in the breast change into breast cancer?

A: Yes, but it is very rare and depends on the type of cyst.

Q: If I have breast cancer do I have to get a mastectomy?

A: No. Whether you need a mastectomy or not depends on the size of the tumor. The smaller the tumor is, the safer it
is to preserve the breast.

Q: Does being single increase my risk of breast cancer more than being married?

A: No, every woman is at risk of developing breast cancer. Please review the risk factors in this website for more detailed information.

Q: Is breast cancer contagious?

A: No. Breast cancer is not contagious. If you have it, you cannot pass it to other people and you cannot get it from
someone who already has breast cancer.

Q: Does having breast cancer mean you won’t live longer than five years?

A: No! With early detection and proper treatment breast cancer can be completely cured.