Jackie Kacala separates breast cancer facts from fiction
Jackie Kacala from the American Cancer Society tests how much you know about breast cancer. Watch the video above to watch her quiz Katrina and Cassandra, and read more facts below.
- Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed non-skin cancer in women. TRUE
It is estimated that 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the United States during 2012.
*That’s 29% of all cancers found in women, with lung cancer being second. Every year in Wisconsin, more women are diagnosed with breast cancer than lung cancer and colon cancer combined.
*The American Cancer Society is here to help. Today, one in every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to us for help and support.
The five-year relative survival rate for female breast cancer patients is 90% today. TRUE
This figure was closer to 60% in the early 1960s, and the American Cancer Society has played a role in nearly every major breast cancer research breakthrough in recent history. This increase in survivors is due to more effective treatments and increased use of mammography.
*Even better! – When women are diagnosed early with localized breast cancer, the five-year survival rate increases to 99%.
*As a result of this recent progress, there are now 2.9 million breast cancer survivors living in the U.S. who will celebrate another birthday this year.
Early stage breast cancer usually produces symptoms that are easily detectable. FALSE
Breast cancer typically produces no symptoms when the tumor is small and most treatable. Therefore it is important for women to follow recommended screening guidelines for detecting the disease at an early stage, before symptoms develop.
Sign up for a yearly mammogram reminder at cancer.org or acskohlsbreasthealth.com today!
*The American Cancer Society recommends clinical breast examinations for women beginning in their 20s and 30s, and all women age 40 and up should receive annual mammograms.
*The American Cancer Society does not discourage women from doing breast self-examinations as long as you continue to receive clinical breast exams in your 20s and 30s and annual mammograms starting at age 40. Breast self-examinations should not take the place of the recommended screenings.
All of the following are risk factors for breast cancer: Being female, increasing age, being overweight, physical activity and alcohol consumption. TRUE
At this time, breast cancer cannot be prevented. Still, there are things women can do to put their health first and help lower their risk of developing breast cancer.
*Take steps every day to stay well from breast cancer by maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and limiting alcohol intake.
*Visit acskohlsbreasthealth.com to have a FREE breast health guidebook mailed to you to learn more about breast health and breast cancer early detection. Also take the Living Smart quiz, check your BMI (Body Mass Index), download healthy recipes, and more!
Breast cancer patients in Wisconsin are alone in the fight and should have to carry the burden themselves. FALSE
This year, more than 4,200 women in Wisconsin will be diagnosed with breast cancer – that’s more than 11 women every day! The American Cancer Society is there to help patients and their caregivers.
*In southeast Wisconsin, the Society and Kohl’s Cares offers people facing breast cancer free services to overcome daily challenges, like transportation, lodging, guidance through every step of the cancer experience, and information to help them make decisions about their care. Call toll free 1-800-227-2345 for help or visit our website at cancer.org.
*Join us in the fight at American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® events. These non-competitive walks unite communities across the nation each year to help save lives from breast cancer and provides hope to people facing the disease. Since 1993, nearly eight million walkers have raised more than $460 million through Making Strides. To learn more or join the movement, visit cancer.org/stridesonline.