9 breast cancer myths you should know

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Are mammograms really painful? Do smokers actually run a higher risk of developing breast cancer? 

Professor Justus Apffelstaedt, Associate Professor at Stellenbosch University and Head of the Tygerberg Hospital Breast Clinic, helps to set the record straight. Watch the video here.

Myth 1

The incidence of breast cancer in younger women is increasing. 

Truth

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