Day 19 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

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Day 19 of 31

Breastfeeding has consistently been shown to reduce breast cancer – the greater the duration, the greater the benefit.

Carvalho, Lucia, RN/MSN, and James A. Stewart, MD.2009. The Everything Health Guide to Living with Breast Cancer. Avon, MA:Adams Media

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Day 18 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

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Day 18 of 31

It has been estimated that if every woman over the age of 50 had her yearly mammogram, breast cancer deaths in this age group would drop by 25% or more.

“Breast Cancer Facts and Figures:2009-2010.” American Cancer Society.2009.Accessed: January 19, 2011

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Day 17 Commitment Breast Cancer Facts

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Day 17 of 31

No association has been found between breast implants and an increased risk of breast cancer. However, the FDA recently announced that breast implants might be associated with anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). ALCL is not breast cancer, but may show up in the scar capsule surrounding the implant.

Olson, James S. 2002. Bathsheba’s Breast: Women, Cancer, and History. Baltimore, MD: The John Hopkins University Press.

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Day 16 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

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 Day 16 of 31

Currently, about 1 in 3,000 pregnant or lactating women will develop breast cancer. Research has shown that once a woman has been diagnosed with breast cancer during pregnancy, her chances of survival are less than a non-pregnant woman.

Bellenir, Karen, ed. 2009. Breast Cancer Sourcebook. 3rd ed. Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics.

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Day 15 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

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When breast cancer spreads beyond the breast, it is said to be “metastatic.”  The most common places breast cancer spreads to are the bones, liver and lungs.

Bellenir, Karen, ed. 2009, Breast Cancer Sourcebook, 3rd ed. Detroit, MI:Omnigraphics

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Day 14 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

 

Day 14 of 31

One in 40 women of Ashkenazi (French, German, and East European) Jewish descent carry the BRCA1 and BRCA2 (breast cancer) gene, which is significantly higher than in the general population where only 1 in 500 to 800 people carry the gene.

Bellenir, Karen, ed. 2009. Breast Cancer Sourcebook. 3rd ed. Detroit, MI: Omnigraphics.

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Day 13 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

Day 13 of 31

In 1882, the father of American surgery, William Steward Halstead (1852-1922), introduced the first radical mastectomy (the breast tissue underlying chest muscle and the lymph nodes are removed). Until the mid 1970s, 90% of women with breast cancer were treated with this procedure.

Carvalho, Lucia, RN/MSN, and James A. Stewart, MD. 2009. The Everything Health Guide to Living with Breast Cancer. Avon, MA: Adams Media

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Day 12 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

 

Day 12 of 31

A JAMA study reports that women who had taken between one and 25 antibiotic prescriptions over an average of 17 years had an increased risk for breast cancer.  The results do not mean women should stop taking antibiotics but that these medicines should be used wisely.

Velicer, CM, et al. “Antibiotic Use in Relation to the Risk of Breast Cancer.” JAMA.February 18,2004. 291 ():827-835.


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Day 11 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

Day 11 of 31

Breast cancer in men is rare, accounting for approximately 1% of breast cancer rates in the U.S. Nearly 400 men die of breast cancer each year. African American men are more likely to die from breast cancer than white men.

Breast Cancer Facts and Figures: 2009-2010.” American Cancer Society. 2009. Accessed: January 19, 2011.

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Day 10 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

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Day 10 of 31

In the U.S., an average of 112 women die of breast cancer every day, or one every 15 minutes.

Breast Cancer Facts and Figures: 2009-2010.” American Cancer Society. 2009. Accessed: January 19, 2011.


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