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. Ask.com, 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.
Top questions about breast cancer from Ask.com
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?