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Breast Cancer Fact Sheet

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Statistics by the American Cancer Society, Inc. Survelliance Research. A total of 1,372,910 new cancer cases and 570,280 deaths are expected in the United States in 2005.

As of 2004, the American Cancer Society, Inc. Survellience Research estimates that in the United States there were 217,440 persons diagnosed with some form of breast cancer. To break it down further, studies show an estimate 1,450 were men and 215,990 were women.

The American Cancer Society stresses breast cancer screening is a very important breast cancer preventative. As of 2004, statistics estimated 63% of breast cancers are diagnosed at the localized stage for with the five year breast cancer survival rate is 97%.

According to American Cancer Society approximately 1,690 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2005, which will estimate in approximately 460 deaths.

Most cases of breast cancer are detected in men between the ages of 60 and 70, although the condition can develop in men of any age.

The American Cancer Society estimates over 40,000 women die of breast cancer each year. Breast cancer is 100 times more common in women than in men.

Over-eating and and not doing enough exercise may be a bad combination for the development of breast cancer. This is the conclusion of researchers from China and USA as per a findings from a new study. This finding is more true in the case of a post menopausal woman.

Oral contraceptives may cause a slight increase in breast cancer risk; however 10 years after discontinuing use of oral contraceptives the risk is the same as for women who never used the pill.

You are never too young to develop breast cancer! Breast Self-Exam should begin by the age of twenty.

Risks for breast cancer include a family history, atypical hyperplasia, delaying pregnancy until after age 30 or never becoming pregnant, early menstruation (before age 12), late menopause (after age 55), current use or use in the last ten years of oral contraceptives, and daily consumption of alcohol.

The first sign of breast cancer usually shows up on a woman's mammogram before it can be felt or any other symptoms are present.

Early detection of breast cancer, through monthly breast self-exam and particularly yearly mammography after age 40, offers the best chance for survival.

Ninety-six percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer-free after five years.

Seventy-one percent of black women diagnosed with breast cancer experience a five-year survival rate, while eighty-six percent of white women experience five-year survival.

The first sign of breast cancer usually shows up on a woman's mammogram before it can be felt or any other symptoms are present.

Mammography can reveal small breast cancers up to two years before they can be felt.

Breast cancer risk increases with age and every woman is at risk.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women between the ages of 15 and 54, and the second cause of cancer death in women 55 to 74.

Over eighty percent of breast lumps are not cancerous, but benign such as fibrocystic breast disease.

One in eight women or 12.6% of all women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.

Although the lifetime risk of breast cancer is 1 in 8, the chances of getting breast cancer by age 50 are 1 in 54; by 60 the chances are 1 in 23.

Children can inherit an altered breast cancer susceptibility gene from either their mother or father.

The National Cancer Institute says that you can decrease your risks and prevent breast cancer by exercise. Studies have shown that exercise greatly reduces breast cancer risk. A woman who exercises four hours per week reduces her risk of breast cancer. Exercise pumps up the immune system and cuts the estrogen level.

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