BALTIMORE - Breast Cancer is terrifying for a lot of women, and although the disease is often in the news, there are some myths out there that have women believing things that aren't necessarily true.
First, many women think Breast Cancer is only passed on genetically, so they don't understand how they could be diagnosed if no family members have a history.
Dr. Kristen Fern, Director of the Breast Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center says over 85% of newly diagnosed women do not have a family history of Breast Cancer.
The second is that a Breast Cancer diagnosis is a death sentence, but the truth is many women survive.
Dr. Fern says the number one killer of women is actually heart disease, and the number one cancer related cause of death is actually Lung Cancer.
There are more than 2.6 million Breast Cancer survivors in the United States today.
Lastly, self examinations are not a safe replacement for mammograms.
Dr. Fern says "Breast Cancer is going to happen, it's going to happen whether you have a mammogram or not."
"Getting a mammogram helps us find it when it's small and most curable."