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 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
- It’s the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
- It’s the second leading cause of death for women.
- Breast cancer is rare in men but an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year.
- The majority of breast lumps women discover on their own during at-home breast exams are not cancerous.
- The federal government spends more than $900 million each year on breast cancer research, treatment, and prevention.
- 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.
- Breast cancer incidence rates are highest in non-Hispanic white women, followed by African American women and are lowest among Asian/Pacific Islander women.
- Breast cancer death rates are highest for African American women, followed by non-Hispanic white women.
- The breast cancer mortality rate has decreased since 1989, with the largest decreases in women younger than 50.
- In the United States, there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors.
- A woman’s risk of breast cancer doubles if she has a mother, sister, or daughter who has been diagnosed.