cancer is the most common form of cancer in women.
There are 200,000 new cases of breast cancer each
year, resulting in 47,000 deaths per year. The lifetime
risk of breast cancer is one in eight for a woman
who is age 20. For patients under age 60, the chance
of being diagnosed with breast cancer is 1 in about
400. Did you know that in 1999, 175,000 women diagnosed
with invasive breast cancer (1 every 3 minutes).
etiology of breast cancer remains unknown, but two
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genes have been cloned-the BRCA-1 and the BRCA-2 genes.
Estrogen stimulation is an important promoter of breast
cancer, and, therefore, patients who have a long history
of menstruation are at increased Breast Cancer Chemotherapy
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are risk factors for breast cancer. Late age at Breast
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or null parity also increase the risk of breast cancer.
Family history of breast cancer in a first-degree
relative Breast Cancer Chemotherapy Mastectomy and
history of benign breast disease also increase the
risk of breast cancer. The use of estrogen replacement
therapy or oral contraceptives slightly increases
the risk of breast cancer. Radiation exposure and
alcoholic beverage consumption also increase the risk
of breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Facts -
by Kalpana Narang.
cancer is 100 times more common among women than
woman's risk of developing breast cancer increases
5% to 10% of breast cancer cases are hereditary.
cancer risk is higher among women whose close blood
relatives have this disease, or who themselves had
previous bouts of breast cancer.
who have had no children or who had their first
child after age 30 have a slightly higher breast
time use of Hormone Replacement Therapy, after menopause,
may slightly increase the risk of breast cancer.
consumption of alcohol, cigarette smoking, and a
diet high in polyunsaturated fats increases your
risk of developing breast cancer.
cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for
women aged 40-59.
three minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer.
thirteen minute a woman dies from breast cancer.
in every eight women is at risk of developing breast
cancer in her lifetime.
2000, it is estimated that 182,800 women and 1,400
men will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
40,800 women and 400 men will die with breast cancer
the 1990s, approximately 1.8 million women and 12,000
men were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.
breast cancer is confined to the breast, the five-year
survival rate is over 95 percent.
to Do A Self Exam - by
a pillow under your right shoulder, and your right
hand under your head.
the breast tissue using a circular, rubbing motion
without lifting the fingers.
pressure of your fingers to examine the different
layers of breast tissue.
Light pressure: enough
to move the skin, but not the underlying layers.
Medium pressure: checks
the mid layer of tissue.
Deep pressure: press
almost to the ribs, just short of causing discomfort.
one of the three techniques for your examination
(remember to include the underarm tissue in your
Lines: start in the
underarm area and lower your fingers until they
are below the breast, move back upwards toward the
middle. Use this up and down movement over the entire
Circles: start at the
outer edge of your breast, moving your fingers slowly
around the breast in a circle. Examine the breast
in smaller and smaller circles, moving toward the
Wedges: at the outer
edge of the breast, move your fingers toward the
nipple and back to the edge in a V shape motion.
Perform the same movement around the entire breast.
Standing in the Shower
(follow the same techniques outlined above)
arms lowered to your sides, look for any dimpling,
puckering or other abnormality.
for any discharge from both nipples.
performing the following test if you have any doubts
as to whether you have this disease or you feel that
you should do a thorough check up then please contact
your physician or an specialized doctor.