Breast cancer affects 1 in every 7 women that live to the age of 85; a tiny proportion of those affected are men. There are many known risk factors for breast cancer: beginning menstruation at a young age; older age at first birth; never giving birth; having benign breast disease; having a mother or sister with breast cancer; drinking alcohol; Caucasian race; radiation treatment to the breast or chest area; taking hormones like estrogen or progesterone.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society, over 200,000 women will be diagnosed with the disease, and over 40,000 will die every year, 99% of them women. Some of these deaths may be prevented with early intervention, which is possible when women have mammograms to get screened regularly for this disease. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time when women are encouraged to undergo mammograms in order to detect any cancerous tissue as early as possible. Other tests that may be used to detect breast cancer are clinical examinations, breast self exams, and magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI.
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