10 Facts About Breast Cancer

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Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast. The damaged cells can invade surrounding tissue, but with early detection and treatment, most people continue a normal life. Here are some facts about breast cancer you should know.


1
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.

2
In the US, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.

3
One woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes in the US.

4
A man's lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.

5
The first operation to use anesthesia was a breast cancer surgery.

6
The incidence of breast cancer is highest in more developed countries and lowest in less developed countries.

7
The left breast is statistically more prone to developing cancer than the right breast. Scientists are unsure why.

8
Breast cancer was often called the "nun's disease" because of the high incidence of nuns affected by the cancer.

9
Breastfeeding has consistently been shown to reduce breast cancer.

10
Left-handed women are more prone to developing breast cancer.