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What is Breast Cancer?
Group of abnormal cells that grow in the breast
The cells can grow out of control and form tumors
They can also take over local tissues and spread to other parts of the body


Who gets Breast Cancer?
It is the most common cancer among women in the U.S.
About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.
It is more common as we get older
Age 30 . . . . . . 1 in 227 women
Age 40 . . . . . . 1 in 68 women
Age 50 . . . . . . 1 in 42 women
Age 60 . . . . . . 1 in 28 women
Age 70 . . . . . . 1 in 26 women
Men makes up around 1% of all cases.


What are some the risk factors?
Long-term use of hormone replacement therapy
Getting older
Personal history of breast cancer or some non-cancerous breast diseases
Family history of breast cancer (mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, or son)
Dense breasts seen on mammogram
Being overweight or obese 
Genetics
Drinking alcoholic drinks
Not getting regular exercise


What are some symptoms of breast cancer?
New lump in the breast or underarm.
Thickening or swelling of part of the breast
Irritation or dimpling of breast skin
Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast
Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area
Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood
Pain in any area of the breast


How can you reduce your chance of getting breast cancer?
Regular screening with clinical breast exams and/or mammograms
Avoid being overweight or obese
Eat a diet high in fiber (a minimum 5 fruits and vegetables a day, at least one fresh)
Decrease high fat foods 
Exercise often
Limit alcohol intake 
Know your family history of breast cancer.
Find out the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy.


What are the chances of surviving breast cancer?
The earlier breast cancer is caught, the better a person has for survival.
Survival also depends on the stage of the cancer.  
Staging is based on how much the cancer spread to other parts of the body.  
A low stage (0-1) means that the cancer is localized in the breast.  
A high stage (4) means that the cancer spread to other parts of the body like the brain.


References:
http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/index
http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-facts
http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/basic_info/