Knowledge Saves Lives
Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer in women worldwide, accounting for 18% of all female malignancies.
In the United States, a woman has more than a 12% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer and approximately 22% risk of dying from the disease.
Know Your Risk Factors
Although 70% of affected women have no known predisposing factors, definite risk factors are well established.
► age: more than 3/4 of breast cancer cases occur in women 50 years or older
► family history: familial history and/or genetic predisposition
► menstrual/pregnancy history: early or delayed menarche, no pregnancies, or first live birth after age 35
► history of breast conditions
Examine Your Breasts Regularly
If you have any lumps, pain, nipple discharge, or discomfort then notify your doctor.
[Cancer Principles & Practice of Oncology, 5th ed.]
[Bates' Guide to Physical Examination 8th ed.]