Myth: Breast cancer is more common in women with bigger breasts
Here’s The Truth
There is no connection between breast size and cancer risk, although it can sometimes be more challenging to examine larger breasts. Obesity and breast density, on the other hand, can both increase the risk of breast cancer. In addition, family history and lifestyle factors can also influence the odds of getting breast cancer.
Women with larger breasts are more likely to report back pain, but this is not a risk factor for breast cancer.
No matter what your breast size, it is important to conduct regular breast self-exams, attend annual check-ups with your healthcare provider, and receive annual mammograms if you are age 40 or older. Maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise can also support overall health while reducing the risk factors for breast cancer.
Medically reviewed June 2023