Breast Cancer Myths vs. Facts
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Breast Cancer Myths vs. Facts

You've probably heard the urban legend that deodorant causes breast cancer, right? Now take our quiz to see if you can spot these other breast cancer myths. 

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Breast Cancer Myths vs. Facts
Breast Cancer Myths vs. Facts
Question 1 of 10 Correct

Death rates from breast cancer are declining.

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The correct answer is: Breast cancer death rates have decreased over the past 20 years, according to the National Cancer Institute. In fact, data from 2005 to 2011 found that women diagnosed with the disease had a 89.4% chance of surviving five or more years. Experts credit improved survival rates to early detection, increased awareness and better treatment options.

Breast Cancer Myths vs. Facts
Question 2 of 10 Correct

You can't get breast cancer after a double mastectomy.

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The correct answer is: Having a double mastectomy does drastically reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence, but there's still a small chance the cancer could return. Treatment may include surgery and radiation, as well as chemotherapy, hormone and/or targeted therapy.

Breast Cancer Myths vs. Facts
Question 3 of 10 Correct

Breastfeeding lowers breast cancer risk.

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The correct answer is: According to the National Cancer Institute, breastfeeding for a total of one year over a woman's lifetime does lower her risk of breast cancer. Pregnancy in general may lower the chances of developing the disease, and the risk lessens even more with each child a woman has.

Breast Cancer Myths vs. Facts
Question 4 of 10 Correct

About 50% of all breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary.

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The correct answer is: Only about 5 to 10% of breast cancer cases are hereditary; most patients have no family history of the disease. However, a woman's risk doubles if her mother, sister or daughter has breast cancer. If you have a family history of the disease, your doctor may suggest earlier and/or more frequent screenings.

Breast Cancer Myths vs. Facts
Question 5 of 10 Correct

A lump is the most common warning sign of breast cancer.

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The correct answer is: Luckily, most lumps are not cancerous -- but if you find one, you should see your doctor. He or she will examine the lump, check your family history and may order a mammogram or breast ultrasound. Other changes, such as breast pain, swelling or thickening, or dimpling of the skin may signal breast cancer or other conditions.

Breast Cancer Myths vs. Facts
Question 6 of 10 Correct

Nipple discharge is rarely a sign of breast cancer.

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The correct answer is: Nipple discharge can be caused by many things, including pregnancy, breastfeeding, a thyroid condition, certain medications or even injury to the breast. It is rarely a sign of cancer. However, if you have discharge from one or both breasts, it's important to find out what's causing it and get treatment.

Breast Cancer Myths vs. Facts
Question 7 of 10 Correct

Actress Angelina Jolie has helped educate women about their breast cancer risk.

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The correct answer is: In a 2014 study, the number of women asking about genetic testing for the breast cancer gene rose significantly after Angelina Jolie tested positive for BRCA1 and underwent a preventive double mastectomy.

Breast Cancer Myths vs. Facts
Question 8 of 10 Correct

Breast self exams are best performed standing up.

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The correct answer is: Experts say performing a breast self exam (BSE) lying down gives a better chance of finding abnormalities. Here's how to do it: Lie down and place your right arm behind your head. Using the first three fingers on your left hand, feel your right breast in small, circular motions. Then switch sides. Doing a BSE does not decrease a woman's risk of dying from breast cancer. Whether or not you do a BSE is up to you, but all women should learn how their breasts look and feel so they can recognize changes. Talk to your doctor about the screening options that are best for you.

Breast Cancer Myths vs. Facts
Question 9 of 10 Correct

Drinking alcohol may up your breast cancer risk.

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The correct answer is: In 2009, the Million Women Study in the United Kingdom found that women who had a little less than one drink (10 grams) a night had a 12% greater risk of developing breast cancer. Another study found that just three drinks a week could increase a woman's chance of breast cancer recurrence.

Breast Cancer Myths vs. Facts
Question 10 of 10 Correct

Breast density does not affect a woman's cancer risk.

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The correct answer is: Doctors aren't sure why, but women with dense breasts, in which the tissue is more fibrous than fatty, have a higher risk of breast cancer than women with low breast density. A mammogram can help determine whether you have low or high density breast tissue.

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