Does Having Big Boobs Increase Your Risk of Getting Breast Cancer? We Ask A Top Breast Cancer Surgeon!

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Playing Breast Surgeon Dr. Kristi Funk Answers: Does Having Big Boobs Increase Your Risk of Getting Breast Cancer?
Breast Surgeon Dr. Kristi Funk Answers: Does Having Big Boobs Increase Your Risk of Getting Breast Cancer? Aired October 11, 2018

When it comes to an issue as important as breast cancer, we’ve gotta call in the big guns: celeb breast surgeon (and author of the new Breasts: The Owner’s Manual), Dr. Kristi Funk.

We turned to her for thoughts on that age-old debate: do larger breasts have a larger chance of getting breast cancer than smaller ones?

According to the doc, the answer is FALSE!

“Size doesn’t matter, content matters,” says Dr. Funk. “The milk producing lobules of the breast and the ducts, they get cancer. What makes a large breast large, most of the time, is fat. So [fat] doesn’t get breast cancer.”

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Using circles of gelatin to represent the fat in a large and a small breast, and grapes inside the gelatin to portray lobules, she shows the same amount of lobules in both the large and small circles. So, according to Dr. Funk, there is the same amount of breast cancer risk in both.

Watch her demonstration in the video above.

With that said, “Genetically you can be born with more ‘grapes,’" the doctor clarifies. So if you have more "grapes," you will be told you have dense breasts.

If that’s the case, Dr. Funk advises, “In addition to your annual mammogram, you should do a screening ultrasound.”

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