Breast Cancer Facts

Breast cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the breast tissue.

Breast Cancer Statistics

  • A woman’s chance of developing breast cancer sometime in her life is approximately 1 in 8
  • The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 33

Causes

The cause of breast cancer is unknown, but research shows that certain risk factors are associated with the disease.

Risk Factors

Note – Research has shown that most women with known risk factors do not get breast cancer and that many women who get breast cancer have none of the risk factors listed below.

  • Caucasian women, age 50 or older
  • Personal or family history of breast cancer
  • Changes in breast tissue
  • Changes in certain genes
  • Increased exposure to estrogen over a lifetime through:
    • Early onset of menstruation
    • Late onset of menopause
    • No childbearing or late childbearing
    • Absence of breast feeding
    • Taking hormone replacement therapy for extended periods of time
    • Tobacco use
    • Increased breast density
    • Radiation therapy before the age of 30
    • Overuse of alcohol
    • Physical Inactivity
  • Gender
    • 100 times more common in women than in men
    • 2nd leading cause of cancer death in women (second to lung cancer)
    • Most common form of cancer in women other than skin cancer
  • Age
    • Risk increases as a women ages
    • Approximately 77% of women with breast cancer are over age 50 when they are diagnosed
    • 18% are diagnosed in their 40’s

Prevention and Detection

Because the cause of breast cancer is unknown, finding and treating it early is the best method of prevention.

  • Self Breast Exam
    • Women 20 or older should perform every month
  • Clinical Breast Exam by a Physician
    • Women age 20-39 should have one every 3 years
    • Women over 40 should have one annually
  • Mammography
    • Can identify a breast mass as much as 2 years before it can be detected by touch
  • Ultrasonography
  • Breast MRI
  • Breast Biopsy

Treatment

Typical treatments of breast cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and biologic therapy.

For more information regarding breast cancer please visit:

BreastCancer.org
American Cancer Society
Cancer Care
National Cancer Institute
NIH Cancer Topics

Survival Rate

  • Early detection and treatment of breast cancer is the key to survival
  • When breast cancer is detected before it has spread to lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 97%

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Breast Cancer Screening in Altamonte Springs, FL

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