BREAST CANCER is a disease that occurs when cancer (malignant) cells develop in the breast tissue. These damaged cells can spread, and invade other areas, but with early detection and treatment it can be survived.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
A lumps or thickening in or near the breast or underarm
A change in skin texture or enlargement of pores in the skin of the breast like that of an orange peel
A change in the size or shape of the breast
Dimpling of the breast
Swelling of the breast
Shrinkage of the breast
Spontaneous asymmetry of the breasts
Nipple is turned slightly inward or inverted
Skin of the breast, areola, or nipple is scaly, red, or swollen.
MYTHS & FACTS
M: If I find a lump in my breast, I have cancer.
80% of lumps in women's breasts are caused by benign (noncancerous) changes, cysts, or other conditions.
M: Only women with a family history of breast cancer are at risk.
70% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no identifiable risk factors for the disease.
M: I'm too young to get breast cancer.
25% of women with breast cancer are younger than 50 years old.
M: Wearing an underwire bra increases my risk of getting breast cancer.
National Cancer Institute and the ACS have refuted the claim that non-bra-wearers get breast cancer loss often.
M: Men cannot get breast cancer.
Each year, it is estimated that approximately 1,700 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer 450 will die.
M: Wearing antiperspirant increases my risk of getting breast cancer.
The National Cancer Institute is not aware of any conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development or breast cancer.
M: A mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread.
Radiation doses are regulated by the FDA and are fairly low; equivalent to the amount the average person receives from naturally occurring sources over three months.
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