Here are the answers to the breast cancer facts quiz on my earlier post:
What are the two best steps to take for early detection?
Have regular mammograms beginning at age 40, perform regular breast self-exams, and get regular clinical breast exams. (Okay, that’s 3.)
What should you do if you find a lump?
Contact your doctor as soon as possible to have it checked out. While 80% of breast lumps are NOT cancerous, 20% are, so you want to play it safe.
True or false: 85% of breast cancer cases are NOT hereditary.
This is correct. Just because you have no known cases of breast cancer in your family doesn’t mean that you can’t be diagnosed with it. Most breast cancer is NOT hereditary.
True or false: The 5-year survival rate for breast cancer if caught in the earliest stages is 98%.
Happily, this is true.
True or false: The 5-year survival rate for breast cancer if caught in the latest stages is 26%.
Sadly, this is also true.
True or false: 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
Again, this is also true. Interestingly, a number of women I talked with thought this was a positive statistic. 1 in 8? I don’t know– sounds pretty high to me!
So the moral is: early detection saves lives!