Breast Cancer Facts

Breast cancer facts and statistics.

According Dr. Gofinan, breast cancer is the leading cause of death among American women between the ages of 44 and fifty five. Another breast cancer statistic revealed that every woman has a 1 in 8 risk of getting breast cancer.


Because of the high risk and mortality rate, a breast cancer awareness campaign was set up and has been recognized internationally. The purpose is to educate the public, especially women, on breast cancer facts and make them aware of breast cancer symptoms, causes, prevention and treatment. This campaign which is held every October of the year is also to raise money to help victims or breast cancer survivors, and to do further research on causes, treatments and cures.

What causes breast cancer?

So far, there is no concrete answer to what causes breast cancer. Some known breast cancer facts are that it occurs due to the uncontrollable growth of cells in the breast and these malignant cells will attack the nearby tissues and spread to to other parts of the body.

Studies have shown that the risk of getting it is higher among women who:

  1. Have a family history of breast cancer

  2. Started their menstruation before the age of 12

  3. Never gave birth

  4. Conceive at the age of 30 or above

  5. Are older

  6. Menopause after the age of 50

  7. Live an unhealthy lifestyle

Breast cancer facts - among the symptoms of breast cancer:

You can make your own personal check up and breast cancer detection by looking for the signs stated below. Do it every month after your period is over.

  1. The presence of a lump or thickness on the breast or underarm

  2. Changes in the shape of the breast

  3. Nipple turning inward

  4. Colorless discharge or blood

  5. Red or scaled skin on the nipple

  6. Breast pain or discomfort

If you detect any of these signs, consult a physician. Your doctor may advice you to undergo a mammography to determine if a breast tumor is present. Early detection will increase the success rate of breast cancer treatments.

Breast cancer prevention.

Prevention is better than cure. Here are tips on how you can try to prevent the illness.

Start eating healthy foods.

Eat healthy foods like fruits, whole grains and vegetables like broccoli, Brussel sprouts and cauliflower. Include garlic, turmeric and seaweed in your diet. Avoid consuming saturated fat, trans fat and margarines. Replace them with Omega-3 fatty acids, olive or flax seed oil. You should also avoid taking too much sugar. Green tea is recommended. Also include food supplements and vitamins in your daily diet.

Live a healthy lifestyle.

Quit smoking and alcohol consumption. Do regular exercise in order to maintain your health and fitness and your weight. Avoid feeling so stressed and get sufficient rest and sleep. Meditation, yoga and other type or relaxation exercises can help relief stress.

Go for a regular mammogram screening.

If you are over 40, go for screening at least in every two years. If you are above 50, do it annually. If you are below 40 but you have a family history of breast cancer, do a checkup annually.

Breast cancer treatments.

The treatments for breast cancer may include surgery to remove the cancerous breast tumor, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormone therapy and biological therapy.

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