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Answers
1. True or False: Only women are at risk for
breast cancer.
False. Breast cancer is 100 times less common among
men, but they still have a 1 in 1,000 chance of getting it,
according to the American Cancer Society. Men have breast
tissue, and if breast cancer runs in their family, they should
be screened for genetic underlying hereditary breast
cancer syndrome, Dr. Advani said.

3. True or False: Genetic testing can help determine
whether a patient needs chemotherapy.
True. "The whole field is moving toward a more
individualized, targeted approach directed by genetic
testing," Dr. Advani said. "Oftentimes now, even in the
post-operative chemotherapy setting, we use certain
genetic tools to help us guide which patient really needs
chemotherapy. It has refined the field a little bit."

2. At what age should women start having
conversations with their physicians about receiving
yearly mammograms?
a. There are exceptions, but the general recommendation
is to have a detailed discussion with your physician starting
at age 40, Dr. Advani said. "Prior to the age of 40, the
breasts are quite dense. So it obscures the sensitivity of the
mammogram."

4. How often should women self-check their breasts
for any abnormalities?
B. Women should conduct self-checks on themselves
once every month. The process is simple and can be done
quickly in the shower or when laying flat on your back. Use
your hand to feel around for lumps, bumps or large masses.
Don't forget to check the areas surrounding your breasts.
"(A self-check) detects any lumps in their breasts that
they would have otherwise missed, because they don't see
physicians that often," Dr. Advani said. "You want to do self
checks to check for any abnormalities, like a lump, nipple
discharge or inversion of the nipple."
5. True or False: Most people survive breast cancer.
True. Women have a 97 percent chance of surviving
breast cancer, according to the ACS. "There are advances
that have been made in imaging techniques," Dr. Advani
said. "We are getting more sophisticated with our imaging,
so it's allowing for earlier detection. More importantly,
patients are receiving care in a timely manner. They are
being referred to appropriate breast cancer surgeons
and oncologists in a timely manner by their primary care
physicians. So I think all of those together have accounted
for improved survival."

survivAl rAte

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