THE FACTS ABOUT BREAST CANCER

  • Did you know…. About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

  • Did you know…Breast Cancer is the most diagnosed cancer among African American women.

  • Did you know… In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 61,000 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer

  • Did you know….one hour per day of rigorous exercise will reduce your risk of breast cancer by 30%.

 

  • Did you know…. You are 11 times more likely to develop breast cancer if you have poor oral gum disease.

  • Did you know…The incidence of breast cancer among women under 45 is higher for African American women compared to white women however the risk of breast cancer for all women increases with age.

  • Did you know… About 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers can be traced to specific, inherited gene mutations, such as the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations.  Men can also get breast cancer. About 2,150 are diagnosed annually – or about 1 in 1,000 men.
     

  • Did you know…The American Cancer Society estimates about 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer live in the U.S
     

While much progress has been made in breast cancer treatment and research, more work remains: Breast cancer remains the second-leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. Overall, cancer deaths are the second most-common cause of death for U.S. women, after heart disease.

  • Did you know…Another top risk factor for breast cancer: Simply getting older – 79 percent of new cases and 88 percent of deaths occurred in women age 50 and older, according to the American Cancer Society. Just fewer than 11,000 invasive cases occurred in women younger than 40, and just under 49,000 in women under 50. In women ages 50 to 64, invasive breast cancer was even more prevalent with more than 84,000 cases. Women over age 65 accounted for more than 99,000 cases last year.
     

  • Did you know…Women who are diagnosed with cancer before age 40 have a nearly 4.5-fold increased risk of developing another breast cancer.

  • Did you know… Women of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage are at higher risk of having BRCA mutation. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends testing for BRCA mutations for Ashkenazi Jewish women if they have a first-degree relative with breast or ovarian cancer or two second-degree relatives on the same side of the family with breast or ovarian cancer.  Not everyone needs genetic screening for breast cancer. Only about 2 percent of women meet the guidelines for screening.  Fewer than 1 percent of the general population have a BRCA mutation.

  • Did you know…Research suggests breastfeeding for a year or more slightly reduces overall risk of breast cancer – about a 4.3 percent reduction for every 12 months of breastfeeding. Why? One possible explanation: Breastfeeding often interrupts periods, meaning fewer menstrual cycles and less estrogen exposure. Others suggest that the reduced risk can be credited to structural changes in the breast after lactation and weaning.

  • Did you know…The risk of overweight women developing breast cancer after menopause is 1.5 times higher than in lean women. Obese women are at twice the risk of lean women.
    The movement away from one-size-fits all screening doesn’t mean you should skip your mammogram. Talk with your physician to evaluate your personal risk of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society continues to recommend yearly mammograms beginning at age 40

  • Did you know…Exercise reduces breast cancer risk for women of all body types – even lean women. While the American Cancer Society recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week to manage risk, for some, even 30 minutes per week has been found to be beneficial
     

  • Did you know…Minimize alcohol intake to control risk. That means one glass of wine, one beer or one hard liquor drink per day.

 

  • Did you know…Only about 42 percent of women who undergo mastectomy choose to have reconstructive surgery, according to a recent JAMA Surgery study.

  • Did you know…With eight out of 10 breast lumps discovered by women themselves, don’t underestimate the importance of a monthly breast self-exam. By becoming more familiar with your breast tissue and appearance, you will be more likely to notice changes should they occur. So GET TO KNOW YOUR BREASTS!
     

  • Did you know… Quit smoking to control risk of many diseases, including breast cancer. Younger women who smoke have a higher risk of breast cancer than their nonsmoking peers.

  • According to the National Institutes for Health, breast cancer survivors are at an increased risk of osteoporosis. Estrogen has a protective effect on bones, and reduced estrogen levels can trigger bone loss.

  • Did you know…Exercise reduces breast cancer risk for women of all body types – even lean women. While the American Cancer Society recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week to manage risk, for some, even 30 minutes per week has been found to be beneficial
     

  • Did you know…Minimize alcohol intake to control risk. That means one glass of wine, one beer or one hard liquor drink per day.

 

  • Did you know…Only about 42 percent of women who undergo mastectomy choose to have reconstructive surgery, according to a recent JAMA Surgery study.

  • Did you know…With eight out of 10 breast lumps discovered by women themselves, don’t underestimate the importance of a monthly breast self-exam. By becoming more familiar with your breast tissue and appearance, you will be more likely to notice changes should they occur. So GET TO KNOW YOUR BREASTS!
     

  • Did you know… Quit smoking to control risk of many diseases, including breast cancer. Younger women who smoke have a higher risk of breast cancer than their nonsmoking peers.

  • According to the National Institutes for Health, breast cancer survivors are at an increased risk of osteoporosis. Estrogen has a protective effect on bones, and reduced estrogen levels can trigger bone loss.

DID YOU KNOW

LIVING A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE CAN REDUCE YOUR RISK OR RECURRENCE OF BREAST CANCER!

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