Do you know the facts about breast cancer?

With the death of actress Lynn Redgrave, who lost her seven year battle with breast cancer this week, along with the 2010 Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure® coming to Atlanta this Saturday, it’s time to learn the facts about this disease., a national partner of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has compiled a helpful Q&A which covers the top questions asked about breast cancer.

The 2010 Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure® will be held on  May 8th at Atlantic Station. Photo courtesy of the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

The 2010 Komen Atlanta Race for the Cure® will be held on May 8th at Atlantic Station. Photo courtesy of the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Top questions about breast cancer from

Q. Can men be diagnosed with breast cancer?
A. Although rare, men can get and even die from the breast cancer.

Q. How many new diagnoses of breast cancer were there in 2009?
A. 192,370 U.S. women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.

Q. What is a mammogram?
A. A mammogram is a breast screening using x-rays.

Q. Who may be at a higher risk for breast cancer?
A. Studies show older women have a higher risk of breast cancer, as well as those with a family history of cancer, excessive drinkers and those who are overweight. More symptoms are available on the Komen Atlanta Early Detection fact sheet.

Q. What causes breast cancer?
A. There is no known cause for breast cancer yet. However, there are clearly defined risk factors. Some risk factors are gender, age, and family history.

Q. How many stages of breast cancer are there?
A. There are 5 stages of increasing severity of breast cancer.

Q. What is the best screening tool for breast cancer?
A. Mammograms are the best tool for detecting breast cancer and should be combined with regular screenings for the highest degree of prevention. Komen Atlanta funds approximately 6,000 free mammograms for area women annually.

Q. Are cysts breast cancer?
A. A cyst is a benign fluid-filled sac within the breast. While most are benign, women are encouraged to seek a doctor’s opinion.

Q. What are the symptoms of breast cancer?
A. The early onset of breast cancer usually does not cause symptoms. This is why regular breast exams are important. As the cancer grows, symptoms may include: pain, weight loss, breast pain, breast lump, and nipple discharge.

Q. How many breast cancer survivors live in the US?
A. More than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors live in the US.


Are you or someone you know currently battling breast cancer? Are you a breast cancer survivor? What advice would you give to others who have recently been diagnosed?

35 comments Add your comment

Dr Garland

May 4th, 2010
3:16 pm

We have had near-100% success treating Breast Cancer by first TOTALLY ELIMINATING ALL DAIRY INTAKE. No milk, cheese, ice cream or butter saturated fats.
And dramatically increasing intake of Cruciferous foods such as Broccoli, Sprouts, Cabbage, Kale, Spinach and our naturopathic formulas to support this such as Indole-2 Carbinol and high dosage Vitamin D3 with Vitamin K2.


May 4th, 2010
8:12 pm

Is Juice Plus a good supplement to take in trying to maintain good health after a mastectomy?


May 5th, 2010
7:32 am

I know more facts about breast cancer than I do about prostate or testicular cancer. Are any of you willing to do for me what you’re asking me to do for you?


May 5th, 2010
11:08 am

It’s not exactly a bad thing that you know more about breast cancer than prostate cancer, just an opportunity for improvement. Start a movement. Educate others. Donate to the cause you are passionate about.

David S

May 5th, 2010
12:21 pm

Do YOU know the facts?


and www(dot)mercola(dot)com

I think we can safely say that the AJC does a great job of pushing the agenda of the allopathic medicine industry. The alternative or naturopathic/homeopathic industry has much better success at actually curing and preventing the disease however.


May 5th, 2010
12:33 pm

Thank you , Kim. And I do that. I want the same thing everyone-else wants. But I don’t see women stepping up to the plate to support issues that affects their husbands, fathers, brothers, uncles the same way they want us to step up on breast cancer, wear red for women day, HPV awareness, cervical cancer, uteran cancer, etc, etc.


May 5th, 2010
12:49 pm

One year breast cancer survivor. I found the lump myself doing a quick self-exam. I hadn’t done one for awhile and was very surprised to actually find something. Ladies, regular self-exams are so important! I’m happy and healthy and have moved on with my life, but want to encourage everyone to be vigilant. I had NO risk factors other than being female and “middle-aged.”

Legal Angel

May 5th, 2010
1:27 pm

Comment to Mary: YES, Juice Plus is a good supplement after a mastectomy and while taking radiation and/or chemo. I am a 4-year survivor and I took Juice Plus beginning as soon as I was diagnosed. Good luck.

CC Rider

May 5th, 2010
2:20 pm

Absolutely agree with all the comments on natural foods. Do not forget water, we are over 70% water and there is not a good source of clean, nontoxic water. I am a 2 year survivor (stage 3b) and will do anything to prevent going through that barbaric treatment again. I only drink Kangen Water fresh from my machine every day; eat a lot of fresh, organic raw veggies, fish, chicken and exercise…that’s the real prevention. The cure is barbaric and horrific to live through.


May 5th, 2010
3:26 pm

I had BC in 1999 and matastisized BC in 2007. I am doing great. The main thing is to have faith in God. Have a positive attitude and live, laugh, and love. That is what I try to live by.


May 5th, 2010
5:34 pm

i am a 4 years breast cancer survivor.i really did great through treatments,and my doctor even said i did great.

Winfield J. Abbe

May 5th, 2010
9:53 pm

It is well known that high energy radiation like x-rays cause cancer. Certain chemicals even like some of those approved by the FDA to treat cancer also cause cancer. The drug tamoxifen to “prevent” cancer also causes cancer. The prime cause of cancer has been known for decades and is the replacement of oxygen in the respiratory chemistry of cells with the fermentation of sugar or anerobic glycolysis or the wrong energy supply to living cells or respiratory impairment of living cells. The genius in Germany Otto Warburg, M.D., Ph.D. discovered this decades ago, first for animals in about 1923 and by about 1960 for humans. Normal cells metabolize and obtain their energy from oxygen; but all cancer cells primarily metabolize from the fermentation of glucose like the lowest forms of life. All higher life forms originated from oxygen; all cancer is is the reversal of this back to the primitive life form which existed before the appearence of oxygen on the planet. See the book “The Hidden Story of Cancer” by Brian Peskin and Amid Habib, M.D., Pinnacle press, Houston, 2006-2008. These statements have been proved by experiments and facts in the laboratory, not unproved speculations by the failed medical orthodoxy which has squandered multi billions of public and private dollars on cancer but cannot even tell you what cancer is, let alone how to cure and prevent the disease.

Winfield J. Abbe

May 5th, 2010
10:06 pm

The statement above about mammograms is false and misleading. First, x-rays can cause cancer so a single x-ray could initiate the cancer process. However it would be impossible to prove this and obtain damages from the doctor making money from this quack treatment. Also, when mammograms are given, they press very hard on the breast tissue as anyone who has had one will confirm. It has been known since about 1928 in the medical literature that this foolish procedure also can spread any cancer cells around. Much safer and more effective methods are available to diagnose cancer of the breast tissue. See articles by Samuel S. Epstein, M.D., et al at Mammograpy is a billion dollar industry and good and safe money maker for doctors since it is virtually impossible for them to be sued if harm is done to patients from these machines. Many of these machines are very dangerous and give off high and dangerous doses of radiation without proper disclosure and informed consent of unwitting patients. All women and some men should question their doctors very closely about this issue. Even though the chance of getting cancer from a mammogram is small, that does not mean it cannot happen. After all, unlikely events happen every day. For example it is unlikely to win the lottery but people win every day don’t they. Well, patients also get cancer from mammgrams but never even know it. And most doctors do not know much about the mathematical area of statistics. The falsely imply to women and men that just because something is of small probability in a statistical sample, that it is also of small probability for a particular patient which is false.
The medical orthodoxy is a dismal failure. Despite the expendature of over 100 billion dollars on cancer research, over half a million victims will die this year either from cancer, treatment or both, usually treatment. Years ago, a distinguished professor of physiology, medical physics and expert in medical statistics at UC Berkeley, professor Dr. Hardin Jones, Ph.D., proved that cancer victims who refused the orthodox treatments of radiation, chemicals an surgery lived up to four times longer than those who accepted those failed quack treatments. Nothing has changed today.
The cancer generals should be fired and charged with scientific misconduct, fraud, medical quackery and crimes against humanity.

Winfield J. Abbe

May 5th, 2010
10:19 pm

There exists a cheap and effective drug to prevent the disease of cachexia, the wasting disease suffered by all advanced cancer patients due to the recycling of glucose and lactic acid; it is called hydrogen sulfate and was discovered by Joseph Gold, M.D. of Syracuse, New York. It has been tested and proved effective in tests from the Soviet Union to UCLA, but the cancer generals have lied and misrepresented it to the public and have fraudulently failed to approve the drug because it won’t make any money for the corrupt drug companies. This is all documented in this article:
“The Truth About Hydrazine Sulfate-Dr. Gold Speaks” at The cancer generals are nothing but garden variety criminals protected by the lunatics running our government.

Winfield J. Abbe

May 5th, 2010
10:20 pm

In line 3 above hydrogen should read hydrazine.


May 6th, 2010
7:28 am

When are thermagrams going to get the coverage they deserve???? Mammagrams DO cause cancer – I believe that they are the single greatest cause of breast cancer today – especially milk duct cancer. Think about it – radiating your breasts on an ongoing basis (yes, the effects of radiation are cumulative), and squashing any tumors during the mammagram to ensure that any cancer cells spread. If they think they “see something” they will give you one or two more mammagrams just to make sure you are thoroughly radiated. Thermagrams are heat maps of your breasts, there is no radiation, the breasts are not squashed or even touched by the camera, and they can detect breast cancer up to six years before mammagrams. It is a no brainer. It seems to me that breast cancer is a big business and a lot of people are making too much money for things to improve. Ladies, protect yourselves. Stop radiating your breasts and get a thermagram, and nourish your bodies with proper nutrition and supplements. The rate of breast cancer will drop dramatically.


May 6th, 2010
8:45 am

thanks ilene and others… im going to research this more


May 6th, 2010
8:51 am

ilene: do you know of a place in Atlanta to get a thermogram? Just looked at a list of labs on & the closest one is in Athens.


May 6th, 2010
9:52 am

LT: I go to Dr. Rosalind Gamba, 4646 North Shallowford Road, Dunwoody 30338. Telephone is 770-355-8352

Brenda Stockdale

May 6th, 2010
10:59 am

Good news / bad news: Cortisol, a stress hormone, has been shown to play a key role in breast cancer [Ohio State University, Breast Cancer Project]. The good news, though, is that there are simple techniques that can be practiced in every day life that lower harmful levels. It’s worth a look. Studies show improved treatment outcome with healthy [not high] stress hormone levels. Diaphragmatic breathing [belly breathing] is a highly effective way of lowering levels even when life is hurling curve balls in every direction. We teach this, among other methods, at our 6-week class on optimal immunity [offered free of charge at RC Cancer Centers]. Also free of charge is a 5-minute stress reducing audio using a technology of sound called psychoacoustics [see my website to download]. If it’s of interest, we did finally put the program in book form. Midwest book review wrote, “You Can Beat the Odds [Stockdale] is a tested, inspirational must for any health collection.” As far as supplements go, medical oncologist, Gerry Goldklang, only recommended Juice Plus since it is food-based and doesn’t interfere with treatment. The research on their site is impressive as well. All best to each of you on this journey!


May 6th, 2010
11:28 am

I’d like to tell a story about my sister, Gene, who died of breast cancer. She had regular mammograms and did monthly breast exams. However, she discovered her cancer in a different way. She was changing clothes in a room that had a different light than her bathroom – and she noticed a shadow on the underside of her breast. She then felt a slight indentation that she had never felt – the light cast a shadow. So, now I’m asking all my friends and acquaintances to check – when you go to a conference or on vacation and are in a motel or condo, or in the dressing room at Dillards, or at a friends house and run in the bathroom – pull your shirt and bra up and look – just to make sure. This is not a prevention, but it might make you become more aware of the different ways cancer can occur. Thanks.


May 6th, 2010
3:51 pm

Having a Her2 Neu positive gene or a BRCA1 or BRCA@ gene is also a risk. Most women diagnosed with breast cancer do NOT have a relative with breast cancer, although having a relative puts one at a higher risk. High estrogen levels are also a risk, as well as never having children. Those are the risks that no one ever lists. I rarely drank and was not fit and trim when diagnosed. Many healthy women get breast cancer because of their genes and because of very high estrogen levels. That was the case with me. Listing drinking and being overweight is fine, but when that’s all you list then people will think that I was a fat drunk. I was neither. Either give details or don’t write an article at all.


May 6th, 2010
3:58 pm

As a 7 1/2 year breast cancer survivor, the # 1 reason I am alive today is because I had a general doctor who cared about ME. Don’t settle for a doctor who is busy, inattentive or casual about your health. Your doc should do everything to help you maintain your health, including listening to you and caring. He/She has resources available to provide immediate actions when warranted. How about 9 days from initial general doctor’s visit to surgery? That’s what saved my life. Thx Dr. Coleman, in the little town of Abilene, Kansas.

Winfield J. Abbe

May 7th, 2010
3:37 am

Despite the general failure of the war on cancer any cancer victim has a better chance at a major cancer center than a local doctor and local hospital. Be prepared to move to Houston, Texas to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and live there for a year or more for treatment. Your insurance will also likely pay there. Every doctor there is a top specialist, not just a routine surgeon. Do not accept the local propaganda that it doesn’t matter where you are treated. It does matter. At top places every detail counts. Every part of cancer treatment is life threatening so you want to be where every doctor is a top person in the field since they may end up killing you unbeknownst to you. My wife was nearly killed, not from breast cancer, but treatment, at a local hospital in Athens, Georgia. She moved to Houston and lived there for over a year. This was over a decade ago.
M.D. Anderson is just as good as Harvard but cheaper to live there. Do not even assume that Emory is as good as M.D. Anderson; it isn’t.

Winfield J. Abbe

May 7th, 2010
4:05 am

In 1983 at outstanding research scientist by the name of John P. Dobbins, Sc.D., gave a lecture to nursing students at Merced College in California sponsored by the American Cancer Society. It was published in the Swiss medical journal Cytobiologische Revue, No. 3, pp. 123-135, 1985. Here are 5 easy do’s and 5 easy don’ts to help prevent cancer in the first place:
Five easy do’s:
“1. Drink pure water–bottled or boiled. Maybe some of you have your own wells. Good–but know what’s in your water; avoid chlorine, fluorine, and too much sodium.”
“2. Eat clean fresh fruits and vegetables, at least 70% raw-for roughage and clean colon as well as minerals and enzymes.”
“3. Replace the sugar and salt on your table. The difference to your health is extreme…”
“4. Get more oxygen into your system.”
“5. Take some vitamin and mineral supplements each day, according to your individiual needs. Take at least 3 grams of Vitamin C daily.”
Five easy don’ts:
” 1. Avoid x-rays and radiation exposure–all but emergency or the most essential. Sit farther away from your color TV; consume protective anti-oxifdant or SOD (super-oxide dismutase) tablets whenever you watch for hours at a time. Children are ten times more susceptible than adults.”
“2. Eliminate drugs, or at least cut down on them including such favorites as nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol. If you need medication, there is often a safe natural substitute for the harmful drug prescribed. But ;you must find it, or consult an orthomolecular medical specialist.”
“3. Avoid all known carcinogens, such as nitrites, asbestos, coal-tars, etc.,”
“4. Throw out all aluminum cooking utensils and avoid foods that come wrapped with aluminum in direct contact with the food-buy those with a paper protective layer between the aluminum and the food. Also watch out for aluminum consumption in most of your antacids.”
“5. Cut down on meat consumption, especially beef and chicken.”
“The “don’t’s are often more difficult to abide by than the “do’s”"
Partial Qualifications of the author: A.B., physical chemistry, UC Berkeley, M.S. electro chemistry Saxon Institute of Technology, Dresden, Germany, Sc.D., Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. Author of numerous books and articles and holder of numerous patents and nominated for the Nobel Prize in medicine.

Winfield J. Abbe

May 7th, 2010
4:23 am

Here is a reference to document to dismal failure of the war on cancer: “The Cancer Industry” by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D., Equinox Press, Houston, 1996, first published as “The Cancer Syndrome” in 1980. This book contains about 500 pages and about 500 references. There is also a 1989 editon.
Dr. Moss, who is originally from New York, holds a Ph.D. degree in classics from Stanford University in California. He has written about a dozen books and humdreds of articles on cancer.
He was once assistant director of public affairs at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York during the period of the 1970’s. He was fired from that job for refusing to lie to the public about cancer research on Laetrile. His book above describes horrible unconscionable, fraudulent, improper and even illegal conduct by the cancer generals of the failed war on cancer over a long period of time. Here are a few reviews from the experts:
“The revelations in this book about the ways in which the American people have been betrayed by the cancer establishment, the medical profession, and the government are shocking. Everyone should know that the “war on cancer” is largely a fraud and that the National Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society are derelict in their dutires to the people who support them.”
Linus Pauling, Ph.D., Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1954 and Peace, 1962.
“This is a shocking, disturbing book, a muckraking book in the best sense, which should be widely read.” Baltimore Evening Sun
“Moss brings heavy guns to bear against the cancer medical establishment as he details the dismal record of their orthodox forms of treatment…He carefully cites sourcews as he assembles documentation that adds up to a blistering attack.” Publishers Weekly
“Moss is a very tough act. He delivers his artument with low-keyed logic and a slow, careful building-up of facts. It is this very calmness, ultimately, that gives his words their ring of commanding urgency. Riveting!” The Denver Post
“Exceptionally well written….Highly recommended.” The LIbrary Journal

Winfield J. Abbe

May 7th, 2010
4:24 am

In the above post, Houston should read New York.

Winfield J. Abbe

May 7th, 2010
4:30 am

See the blog: “Criminal FDA Must Be Charged with Cancer Quackery”, TOPIX, Bethesda, MD

Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D., Physics


May 7th, 2010
12:35 pm

my heart go out to you all. my mother had colon cancer. it had her very sick she is doing has been 2years

alexis reed

May 7th, 2010
3:20 pm

personally if you ask me the people that get breast cancer need to go and buy some new breast haha problem solved

David S

May 13th, 2010
10:26 am

According to Susan G. Coleman and KFC, eating fried chicken will help cure breast cancer!

If that kind of absurdity doesn’t convince you that those in the business of cancer really aren’t interested in finding a cure, then nothing should. Write and tell the foundation and KFC that you know better.


June 26th, 2010
8:01 pm

“I had a breast cancer last year which made me fall into a huge panic. After several doctor visits, I was almost assured that there was no real remedy for me. I was referred to Sergei Djava with my last hope to heal my problem and it worked. I am now cancer free and living my life. God Bless Sergei & AN-DI Wellness.”

Please let my message get out there! There is a FIRM SOLUTION to CANCER & TUMOR.

~Mary F.


June 26th, 2010
8:01 pm


“I had a breast cancer last year which made me fall into a huge panic. After several doctor visits, I was almost assured that there was no real remedy for me. I was referred to Sergei Djava with my last hope to heal my problem and it worked. I am now cancer free and living my life. God Bless Sergei & AN-DI Wellness.”

Please let my message get out there! There is a FIRM SOLUTION to CANCER & TUMOR.

~Mary F.



July 28th, 2010
6:29 am

My mother and grandmother both lost a breast to breast cancer. I have not read any real helpful suggestions here. My mother was diagnosed at the age of 36. I do regular breast exams and have taught my daughter and sons to do so also. I eat well balanced meals with lots of fruits and veggies. Any more suggestions? They started doing mammograms on me at age 21 every year since my mother was diagnosed. Alexis Reed you need to go jump off a cliff. Unless you have a significant other that has been through it.

Shalanda Chaudet

September 9th, 2010
4:16 pm

This is a great post because it spreads awareness and explains the different stages of breast cancer. Good work.