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Brush up on your knowledge of breast cancer for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and ace the breast cancer knowledge test! NationalBreastCancer.org defines breast cancer as a “disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.

The damaged cells can invade surrounding tissue, but with early detection and treatment, most people continue a normal life.” Here are some breast cancer fast facts you should know! 

  1. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
  2. It’s the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
  3. It’s the second leading cause of death for women.
  4. Breast cancer is rare in men but an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year. 
  5. The majority of breast lumps women discover on their own during at-home breast exams are not cancerous. 
  6. The federal government spends more than $900 million each year on breast cancer research, treatment, and prevention. 
  7. Have your breasts examined by a health care provider at least once every three years after the age of 20, and every year after 40 years old.
  8. Breast cancer incidence rates are highest in non-Hispanic white women, followed by African American women and are lowest among Asian/Pacific Islander women. 
  9. Breast cancer death rates are highest for African American women, followed by non-Hispanic white women.
  10. The breast cancer mortality rate has decreased since 1989, with the largest decreases in women younger than 50.
  11. In the United States, there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors. 
  12. A woman’s risk of breast cancer doubles if she has a mother, sister, or daughter who has been diagnosed. 



After the actress came forward about her preventive double mastectomy, testing increased! 

The Academy Award winning actress had a preventive double mastectomy done in February of 2013 after learning that she had an 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer due to a defective gene but kept it quiet for months before she came forward. Jolie’s mother also had and died from breast cancer. Ever since then the “Angelina Jolie Effect” has put genetic testing in the spotlight. According to a recent Canadian study, the number of women who got genetic testing for breast cancer went up drastically. 

breast-cancer-doesnt-care-about-your-braWe're busting myths about bras that are causing breast cancer risks to rise.

For years, undeclared bra studies make women wonder, "Is wearing a bra all day dangerous?" These rumors speculate how the compression can cause your lymph flow to be restricted if you are constantly wearing one. These lack-of-proof rumors supposedly say that the compression is how toxins build up in your breasts, but the truth is, no matter how long you wear a bra, the clothing isn’t the reason why women develop breast cancer.

how-to-think-of-happy-things-during-cancer-videoHere's how you can keep a gratitude journal for coping with cancer.

Katherine Puckett, a National Director of Mind-Body Medicine and a PhD, shares the importance of keeping a gratitude journal when battling cancer. These are tips to stay positive about cancer treatment and the healing process.

survival-story-freya-barr-headerMy grandmother, Freya Barr, is a survivor of both breast cancer and then, six years later, of leukemia.

One evening, in the car ride home from a dinner out, I asked her about her experiences and this is what she had to say.

She was first diagnosed with breast cancer about 20 years ago. She went in for her routine mammogram and the doctors found a lump in her breast. Prior to that, she had had two cysts detected during routine mammograms so she assumed it was just another one.