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Breast Cancer Awareness Test
Statistics state that more than
182,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002, and more than 41,000
women died from the disease the same year. As the numbers continue to grow, the
question inevitably arises about how knowledgeable women are concerning the risk
factors and early detection.
The following brief survey may help you go up on the learning curve concerning
important issues regarding breast cancer.
Answer True or False? Award yourself one point for each correct answer.
1. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the
Answer: True - It is the most common
diagnosis after skin cancer.
2. Caucasian women are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer
than any other race, or ethnicity in the United States.
Answer: False - Caucasian women are
more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer. However, African-American women
are more likely to die from the disease than are women of any other race, or
ethnicity in the U.S.
3. Mammography is the most effective available method of detecting breast
cancer in the early, treatable stages.
Answer: True - The U.S. Preventative
Task Force suggests that women over 40 years old, or older have a screening
every 1 or 2 years.
4. Research has identified several factors that may affect a women’s risk
of developing breast cancer.
Answer: True - The risk factors
include: Personal history of breast cancer, Being overweight after menopause,
Physical inactivity, Drinking alcohol, Use of oral contraceptives
5. It is estimated that more than 10 billion dollars a year is spent in
the United States on breast cancer research.
Answer: False - 7 billion
dollars a year is spent on treatment of breast cancer in the United States, not
6. To help improve women’s access to screening for breast cancer, U.S.
Congress passed an Act in 1990.
Answer: True - Congress passed the
breast cancer and cervical cancer Mortality Prevention Act in 1990.
7. Studies show that early detection of breast cancer can save lives.
Answer: True - Women who are 40
or above and have regular screenings, can reduce mortality by approximately
20-25% during a period of ten years.
How did you score?
1-2 pts= need to grow in awareness
3-4 pts= on your way
5 pts or more= Kudos! Share your awareness!
Statistics drawn from: The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection