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What You Didn’t Know About Breast Cancer

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27 September 2016

Last updated on 19 April 2017

What You Didn’t Know About Breast Cancer

While breast cancer awareness month is widely celebrated, there is still much to learn about the dreaded disease.

With large awareness campaigns about one of the biggest diseases affecting women today, breast cancer has been a topic of discussion as many are learning all there is to know about the scary disease.

What you didn't know about Breast Cancer

As one of the leading causes of death among women, it is important that both women and men are informed about all there is to know about breast cancer.

The Leading Risk

Believe it or not, the leading risk of breast cancer is being a woman! Although some men are at risk of breast cancer, women are much more likely to fall victim of the disease.

Family History
Breast cancer usually occurs in women who do not have a history of breast cancer in their family.

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And the Men
Although men can fall victim to breast cancer, it is not a common disease among the male population with about 1 in every 1000 men being positively diagnosed with the sickness.

Women in pink huddled together

Women Statistics

One out of every eight women today has a high chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer at least once in her life.

Second Leading Cancer Death
Breast cancer comes second to lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer death.

Other Factors

One of the high risks of breast cancer is age. Most new cases of breast cancer fall under the age bracket of 50+.

Relapsing Diagnosis
Women who have battled and survived cancer prior to the age of 40 have a chance of redeveloping another tumour in their breast.

Genetic Screening
Genetic screening is not for everyone. In fact, only a small percentage of women qualify for the breast cancer genetic screening process.

Baby cuddling with mom

Breastfeeding or nursing is said to reduce the overall risks of breast cancer.

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Obese women are more likely to develop breast cancer after menopause, than athletic bodied women.


You should get into the habit or making regular annual mammogram checkups once you reach the age of 40.

Regular Exercise

Exercise is a natural remedy for everything, breast cancer being one of them. Regular exercise reduces the risk of breast cancer. Additionally, exercise is equally as important for breast cancer survivors.

Monthly Self-Examinations
Most breast lumps are actually discovered by women who are doing their own self-examinations. Becoming familiar with your breast and the formation of your beast tissue and physical appearance is extremely important in the early detection of breast cancer.

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Smokers have a higher risk of breast cancer than those who do not smoke.

Breast Cancer Fatality Decline
Due to the technological advancements of medicine, early detection, increased awareness and proper breast screening processes, breast cancer deaths have been progressively declining.