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Breast cancer is reportedly one of the most common cancers in women and the second most common cause of cancer deaths in women.

We all hear about breast cancer or have been to a sensitization exercise but what do you really know about this type of cancer?

If you are still thinking, this article will educate you on 10 things everyone should know about breast cancer:

  1. Different types of breast cancers: Not all breast cancers are the same. The two most common types of breast cancers are the ductal and lobular carcinomas. Other types of cancers which are a variation of both also exist.  
  2. Most breast lumps are benign: The National Cancer Society notes that most lumps found in the breast are not cancerous. So when next you feel a lump in your breast don’t go all hysteric, just go to a hospital and get screened.
  3. Early detection saves lives: True prevention means stopping breast cancer before it develops. So avail yourself of every opportunity to get screened.
  4. Self-detection: About 80% of breast cancers are not detected by mammography but by patients themselves. Most self-detected lumps that turn out to be breast cancer are found during normal routines like when showering or getting dressed. So ensure you are familiar with your body in order to notice slight changes and conduct self-examination regularly.
  5. Mammography is not prevention: Mammography entails screening to detect a cancer which may or may not be present in the best. Getting regular mammograms does not prevent one from getting breast cancer and with almost all technologies, mammograms are not 100% accurate and so do not rely on it as your sole method of surveillance.
  6. Breast cancer affects men too: Sounds strange right? Though a small fraction compared to women, sadly new breast cancer diagnoses occurs in about 1% of the male folk. However, for men the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
  7. Black females are more likely to die from breast cancer: Though white females are more likely to have breast cancer than any other race, however, black females have a higher mortality rate. This could be as a result of lack of resources including medical coverage.
  8. Breast cancer can spread to unexpected areas: Breast cancer can spread when the cancer cells get into the blood or lymph system and are carried to other parts of the body.
  9. You can beat breast cancer: Depending on the type and stage of breast cancer, the odds of survival against breast cancer are pretty high.
  10. Support: No one needs to go through breast cancer alone. So if you know anyone diagnosed or fighting breast cancer, please lend a helping hand in any way to make the journey lighter. There also exist a host of breast cancer support network, so patients can make use of them.

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