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Doctor: What is heard about breast cancer does not apply to everyone

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Breast cancer awareness ribbon
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KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- October is breast cancer awareness month, and one local surgeon is using the occasion to dispel myths about the disease.

Dr. Nancy Kalinowski of the Bronson Center for Women tells WKZO not everyone diagnosed with breast cancer has it in their family.

"Only 10 percent of women have a genetic predisposition to breast cancer," Kalinowski said. "For the majority, it's a gene that's become messed up during your life," she tells many patients.

Another myth is that an onset of breast cancer is accompanied by pain.

"Nothing is 100-percent," Kalinowski said, suggesting some women will have pain, some will not.

She offers simple advice:  "If you feel a lump, see your doctor."

Hear the whole interview on The Lori Moore Show podcast, here.

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