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Top 10 Facts You Should Know about Breast Cancer

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1. There will be an estimated 212,920 new cases of breast cancer and 61,980 deaths from the disease in 2006. The breast is the most common site of cancer in women, and breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women.The rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and human papillomavirus (HPV) are highest among female adolescents. Adolescents and females are biologically more susceptible to STIs, so as a college-age woman, you need to be especially careful.

2. The five-year relative survival rate for localized breast cancer has increased from 72 percent in the 1940s to 97 percent today. If the cancer has spread regionally, however, the rate is 78 percent, and for women with cancer that has spread to distant parts of the body, the rate is 23 percent.

3. Survival after a diagnosis of breast cancer continues to decline beyond five years. Ten-year survival and beyond is also stage-dependent, with the best survival observed in women with early-stage disease.

4. Well-known estrogen-related risks for developing breast cancer include: early menstruation (at age 12 or younger); late menopause (after age 55); and no full-term pregnancy or first child after age 30.

5. More than 80 percent of biopsied breast abnormalities are proven noncancerous, but any breast lump must be evaluated by a physician. New, less invasive biopsy procedures permit removal of breast tissue in a physician's or radiologist's office.

6. Sometimes more than one mammogram may be necessary to evaluate an abnormality. Common reasons for additional mammograms include film views that are unclear and/or different views requested by the radiologist.

7. Some mammography centers are able to provide immediate interpretation of your mammogram. This service can help prevent anxiety caused by waiting days to hear your results. Any additional films required also can be taken during the same visit.

8. The annual risk of a 70-year-old woman being diagnosed with breast cancer is three times that of a 40-year-old woman, and she has five times the risk of dying from breast cancer.

© 2006 National Women’s Health Resource Center, Inc. (NWHRC) All rights reserved.

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EmpowHER Guest

Definitely believe that which you said. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the web the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people think about worries that they just do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people can take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

June 27, 2011 - 12:49am
EmpowHER Guest

looks like a nice topic OP has started. post bookmarked for all the updates.

June 21, 2011 - 10:16am
EmpowHER Guest

This article makes breast cancer sound unavoidable, and also implies that there is only one treatment option. Alternative medicine clinics have actually shown far greater recovery rates than mainstream medicine, especially in the long-term.

February 6, 2010 - 5:56pm
EmpowHER Guest

thank you sooooooo much

October 16, 2009 - 1:00pm
EmpowHER Guest

One of the best ways to protect yourself from canser, is simply just going vegetarian. It actually reduces the risk of many types of cancer by 50%, and it keeps you looking younger and healthier! Go back to how nature intended it, eat vegetarian as much as you can :)

May 30, 2009 - 1:26pm
EmpowHER Guest

there are only 8 items in this list. kind of bogus to call it a top ten.

the information is good though. it doesn't say if there is a higher risk for female relatives of women who have had breast cancer though, which is my personal concern.

April 15, 2009 - 2:07pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anon -
Thanks for letting us know your concern. Women who have a family history of breast cancer (mother, sister, or daughter) have a higher risk factor of developing breast cancer. However, a lack of family history does not protect you from developing breast cancer; approximately 90%-95% of women who develop breast cancer have no family history of this disease.

For more information, please see these links:

There's a lot of information about breast cancer on this site and I hope you will find it helpful. Please feel free to submit an "Ask" to us if you have additional questions or concerns, and we'd be happy to assist you.
Take good care,

October 16, 2009 - 5:26pm
EmpowHER Guest

This is a really great top ten list. You can post this to our site http://www.toptentopten.com/ and then link back to your site. I think that our female (and male for that matter) users can really benefit from the information you have provided in this list. Breast cancer is something that has affected so many people and their families, I think everyone knows at leas one person who has been affected. Awareness is key in my opinion. We are looking for top ten lists and our users can track back to your site. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.

April 14, 2009 - 11:47pm
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