Breast Cancer Facts

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women
The risk of breast cancer increases with age and if you live to 90 years your risk of developing this cancer is almost 14%
1.7 million breast cancers were diagnosed worldwide in 2007
465,000 (approx.) women died due to breast cancer in 2007
North America, Australia, Europe have the highest incidence of breast cancer
Large parts of Africa and Asia have the lowest rates
In the last 25 years it incidence has gone up by 30% in the western world
Increased risk of developing breast cancer include –
Start of menstrual period at an early age
Menopause later in life
Having a first or second degree relative with breast cancer
Obesity
Consumption of alcohol
Never having children
Using contraceptives
Using hormone replacement therapy during post-menopausal years
Certain inherited genetic mutations for breast cancer (BRCA1 and/or BRCA2)
Decreased Breast cancer Risk –
Breast feeding
Moderate Physical activity
Maintaining normal weight
Stop smoking

Breast cancer can be prevented by screening
Early treatment can increase chances of 5 years survival to 98%
Women with a BRCA mutation who get their ovaries surgically removed can reduce their risk of breast cancer by over 50%.
A study from North Carolina State University indicated that Women who performed the act of fellatio and swallow semen regularly (one to two times a week) may reduce their risk of breast cancer by up to 40 percent!!

Sources:medindia.net
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