Breast Cancer FAQs
Reviewed by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
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Q:A lump in the breast is almost always cancer. True or false?
Q:How often do doctors recommend breast self-exams?
A:Formerly, it was recommended that women perform breast self-examination (BSE) once per month.
Q:Risk for breast cancer can be inherited. True or false?
Q:The term "mastalgia" refers to normal breast tissue. True or false?
Q:Breast cancer starts because abnormal cells grow out of control. True or false?
Q:What is the most common form of breast cancer?
A:Infiltrating or invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) is more common than other types of breast cancer.
Q:What is the medical term for the spread of cancer?
Q:Benign tumors in the breast are capable of metastasis. True or false?
Q:What are some breast cancer risk factors?
A:Certain factors increase the risk of developing breast cancer. Risk factors can be within a person's control, such as diet and alcohol consumption. Other risk factors include race, family history, and age, and are beyond a person's control. Alcohol use, having children later in life (after 30), not having children, and overweight/obesity are all factors that can raise the risk of getting breast cancer.
Q:In the U.S., breast cancer is the main cause of cancer deaths in women. True or false?
Q:California has the highest concentration of breast cancer in the U.S. True or false?
Q:Which state has the lowest prevalence of breast cancer throughout the U.S.?
A:Arkansas has the lowest incidence rate of breast cancer in the U.S., according to NIH and CDC data.
Q:Breast pain is a common symptom of breast cancer. True or false?
Q:You or someone you know has found a lump in the breast. Now what?
A:Once a lump is found, the best thing to do is to make an appointment with a doctor.
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