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Most breast cancer occurs in women age 50 and older
It was announced recently by the American Cancer Society that breast cancer mortality rates are
The greatest risk factors for breast cancer are?
Breast self-examination starting at age 20 should be done?
Removing the entire breast is the only option when breast cancer is diagnosed, even if the lump is very small?
Breast  (cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women?
What are a couple of reasons women give for not getting a mammogram?
Over 75% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are age 50 or older
Most women who develop breast cancer have a family history of the disease.
African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer than white women.
What is the risk factor for breast cancer?
At what age should women begin getting mammograms?
Older women don’t need mammograms.
Most breast cancers can be seen on a mammogram several years before they can be felt as a lump.
Breast cancer can be prevented
Obesity, high alcohol consumption, smoking, and a sedentary lifestyle are all risk factors for breast cancer.
Women between the ages of 20-39 need to have annual mammograms and breast exams.
What are three main points in performing the breast self-exam?
What regions of the chest should be examined when performing the breast self-exam?
Your risk for breast cancer decreases with age.
Men who have breast cancer are often a carrier for a specific breast cancer-causing gene.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women between the ages of
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
If a woman notices a lump it stays for a period of an entire menstrual cycle, she should call her healthcare provider and make an appt. to see him/her. That lump could be?
In practicing a breast self-exam, a woman’s ability to detect a breast cancer early is directly related to:
using correct technique?
What are the three positions to do a breast self-examination?
At what age should you begin having a mammogram and how often?
At what age should a woman begin performing breast self-examinations, how often and when?
What is a clinical breast exam, when should a woman begin having one, how often should it be done?
What are the signs and symptoms that something is wrong?
What is a screening mammogram?
What is a diagnostic mammogram?
What percent of abnormalities are cancers?
What are the possible components of breast cancer treatment?
How do you prepare for a mammogram?
The major components of the breast are?
When should a woman begin getting screening mammograms?
A breast self-exam is?
Large-breasted women are at greater risk for developing breast cancer?
If you have a lump in your breast that is painful, it's not cancerous.
No one in my family has had breast cancer, so I'm not at risk for the disease.
The majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer are over age 50.
Mammograms can find breast cancer before it can be felt.
The most common signs of breast cancer are a lump in
the breast, an abnormal thickening of the breast or a change in the shape or color of the breast.
Finding a lump or change in your breast does not necessarily mean you have breast cancer?
The American Cancer Society recommends the following screening guidelines basic breast health
The best time to do a BSE is the same time each month.
For menstruating women, BSE should be performed after the menstrual period has ended when the breasts are less tender.
For post-menopausal women, BSE should be performed the same time each month
All women are at risk for breast cancer and the two most significant risk factors are being female and getting older.
False: Physical activity may protect women from breast cancer if they are premenopausal or are a younger postmenopausal woman because exercise reduces estrogen levels, fights obesity, lowers insulin levels and boosts the immune system.
For overall wellness and possibly to decrease risk for developing breast cancer, it is recommended that women consume a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables
In general, the more alcohol you consume, the higher your risk of developing breast cancer
Among Asian or Pacific Islander women, breast cancer incidence (74.6 per 100,000) and mortality rates (11.2 per 100,000) are lower than Caucasian and African American women.
Anti-perspirants cause breast cancer.
When determining one’s risk for breast cancer, it is as important to look at the father’s family history of the disease as it is to look at the mother’s
The percentage of men diagnosed with breast cancer is?
In order for breast cancer to appear as a dot on a mammogram, it has been growing for several years.
 
Answers

Most breast cancer occurs in women age 50 and older
True

 

It was announced recently by the American Cancer Society that breast cancer mortality rates are?
Going down

 
The greatest risk factors for breast cancer are?
Being female/getting older
 
Breast self-examination starting at age 20 should be done?
Once a month
 
Removing the entire breast is the only option when breast cancer is diagnosed, even if the lump is very small?
False
 
Breast (cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women
False Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women, but lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women.)
 

What are a couple of reasons women give for not getting a mammogram?

Common answers:
a. The exam hurts
b. Fear of getting a diagnosis of cancer
c. Not aware that it needs to be done every year
d. Doesn’t run in the family therefore it is not a concern

 

Over 75% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are age 50 or older?
True

 

Most women who develop breast cancer have a family history of the disease?
False

 
African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer than white women?
True
 
At what age should women begin getting mammograms?
Age 40
 

Older women don’t need mammograms.
False

 
Most breast cancers can be seen on a mammogram several years before they can be felt as a lump.
True
 
Breast cancer can be prevented
True
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Obesity, high alcohol consumption, smoking, and a sedentary lifestyle are all risk factors for breast cancer?
True

 

Women between the ages of 20-39 need to have annual mammograms and breast exams.
False

 

What are three main points in performing the breast self-exam?

Use the circle pattern
Use the pads of the middle fingers
Press hard enough to know how your breasts feel

 

What regions of the chest should be examined when performing the breast self-exam?

Feel under the arm
Under the collar bone
Under your bra line

 

Your risk for breast cancer decreases with age?
False

 

Men who have breast cancer are often a carrier for a specific breast cancer-causing gene?
True

 
Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women between the ages of:
15-54
 

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women?
True

 
If a woman notices a lump it stays for a period of an entire menstrual cycle, she should call her healthcare provider and make an appt. to see him/her. That lump could be:
A. a cyst
B. a fibroadenoma
C. cancer
 
In practicing a breast self-exam, a woman’s ability to detect a breast cancer early is directly related to?
using correct technique
 

What are the three positions to do a breast self-examination?
Lying down with the same arm of the breast to be examined behind your head and your shoulder rested on a pillow
In the shower or tub, upright with soapy hands
In front of the mirror for visualization

 

At what age should you begin having a mammogram and how often?
40 years old, annually

 

At what age should a woman begin performing breast self-examinations, how often and when?
Age 20, monthly, should be performed 7 to 10 days after your monthly period begins

 

What is a clinical breast exam, when should a woman begin having one, how often should it be done?
A breast exam by a trained professional, when you are 20-39 years every 3 years,
when 40+ annually

 

What are the signs and symptoms that something is wrong?

A lump or thickening of the breast that lasts longer than one month
A change in the size or shape of the breast
Nipple discharge
Dimpling, puckering, or severe dryness of the skin or nipple
Any change from the previous month
Localized pain in the breast

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What is a screening mammogram?
A routine annual check-up when one has no symptoms, 2 views (front and side shots)

 

What is a diagnostic mammogram?
When the screening mammogram has found something, then there are 2 additional diagnostic tests done, one is a spot mammography film of the abnormal area; the other is an ultrasound

 

What percent of abnormalities are cancers?
20%

 

What are the possible components of breast cancer treatment?

Surgery
Chemotherapy
Radiation
Hormonal therapy

 

How do you prepare for a mammogram?
Schedule 7-10 days after your period starts
Bring previous films for comparison
No perfume, powder, or deodorant
Take acetametaphen prior to exam, if your breasts are tender

 
The major components of the breast are:
Fat, connective tissue and
milk glands/ducts
 

When should a woman begin getting screening mammograms?
By age 40

 
A breast self-exam is:
a) Something a woman should do every month
b) Learning the normal look and feel of your breasts
c) A technique to find any changes in your breasts
 
Large-breasted women are at greater risk for developing breast cancer
False
 

If you have a lump in your breast that is painful, it's not cancerous.
False

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No one in my family has had breast cancer, so I'm not at risk for the disease.
False
 
The majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer are over age 50?
True
 
Mammograms can find breast cancer before it can be felt.
True
 
The most common signs of breast cancer are a lump in the breast, an abnormal thickening of the breast or a change in the shape or color of the breast.
TRUE
 

Finding a lump or change in your breast does not necessarily mean you have breast cancer?
TRUE

 

The American Cancer Society recommends the following screening guidelines basic breast health:
Monthly breast self-examination beginning by age 20
Clinical breast examinations at least every 3 years beginning at age 20 and annually after age 40
Annual screening mammography beginning at age 40
Women under age 40 with a family history of breast cancer and other concerns about their personal risk should consult a trained medical professional about risk assessment and when to begin screening mammography

TRUE

 

The best time to do a BSE is the same time each month?
TRUE

 
For menstruating women, BSE should be performed after the menstrual period has ended when the breasts are less tender.
TRUE
 

For post-menopausal women, BSE should be performed the same time each month?
TRUE

 

All women are at risk for breast cancer and the two most significant risk factors are being female and getting older?
TRUE.

 

Physical activity may protect women from breast cancer if they are premenopausal or are a younger postmenopausal woman because exercise reduces estrogen levels, fights obesity, lowers insulin levels and boosts the immune system.
TRUE

 

For overall wellness and possibly to decrease risk for developing breast cancer, it is recommended that women consume a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables?
TRUE

 

In general, the more alcohol you consume, the higher your risk of developing breast cancer?
TRUE

 

Among Asian or Pacific Islander women, breast cancer incidence (74.6 per 100,000) and mortality rates (11.2 per 100,000) are lower than Caucasian and African American women.
TRUE

 

Anti-perspirants cause breast cancer.

FALSE

 

When determining one’s risk for breast cancer, it is as important to look at the father’s family history of the disease as it is to look at the mother’s?
TRUE

 

The percentage of men diagnosed with breast cancer is:
1% (avg 1700 men/yr are diagnosed with breast cancer)

 

In order for breast cancer to appear as a dot on a mammogram, it has been growing for several years.
True

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