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by Zirahuen Romo

 FACTS ABOUT BREAST CANCER.

Talking about cancer is complicated, however the most information is available for the general public, the best chance we have to control this terrible disease. We must create awareness in society about the ramifications of the disease, as well as the importance of assist to the doctor regulary, specially if we have more than 40 or if we have realitves who have suffered of cancer.  With that in mind we bring you  today 10 important facts about breast cancer that help us to better understand and fight this terrible dissease.

facts about breast cancer

  • The leading risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman. Though breast cancer does occur in men, the disease is 100 times more common in women than in men and women are at 200 times the risk of developing the disease compared to risk in men.
  • Even though genetics are extremely important when we talk about cancer, most breast cancer – about 85% in the US – occurs in women who have no family history of breast cancer, therefore the importance of visit the doctor regularly.
  • The American Cancer Society estimates about 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer live in the U.S.
  • About 95% of all breast cancers in the US occur in women 40 and older.
  • Getting a mammogram can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer by 30 to 40% among women ages 40 to 70.           

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  • Breast cancer deaths have been declining since the early 90’s thanks to early detection, better screening, increased awareness, and new treatment options.
  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
  • Feeling a lump in your breast can be a terrifying, but according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 8 out of 10 breast lumps are benign. Tumors such as fibroadenomas, mastitis (breast inflammation), blood clots from trauma, scar tissue, or simply nodules of dense breast tissue are common but not typically linked to cancer.
  • Breast cancer can develop at any age, but risk does increase as you get older. Statistics from the American Cancer Society show that breast cancer risk can be stratified by decade in life. For women at 20 years of age, the risk is 1 in 1,760. At 30, it’s 1 in 229, increasing to 1 in 69 at 40, 1 in 42 at 50, 1 in 29 at 60, and 1 in 27 at 70. The overall lifetime risk for developing breast cancer is 1 in 8.
  • In the 1970s, breast cancer lifetime risk was one in 11 – compared to today’s one in eight. The good news is part of the reason is due to longer life expectancy and more detection through screening. Other factors include menopausal hormone use, changes in reproductive patterns and the increased prevalence of obesity.

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