There are no racial differences in the risk for breast cancer.
MYTH! Cardiovascular disease surpasses breast cancer as the leading cause of death in all adult post-menopausal women by far. More women will die from cardiovascular disease than ALL cancers combined.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in adult postmenopausal women.
TRUTH! Being female and aging at the two leading risk factors for cancer death – risk factors that cannot be modified. Obesity, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol consumption are relative risk factors which we CAN do something about!
Obesity and sedentary lifestyle are risk factors for developing breast cancer.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in adult females.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in females in the U.S.
MYTH! Follow-up studies after a mammogram are not an indicator of something wrong, but are needed to problem-solve an area seen on the screening study. The majority of women will have normal or benign results upon further tests. Of 1,000 women who undergo screening mammography, only 5-6 will be found to have breast cancer.
The majority of women who require follow-up imaging after their annual screening mammogram are found to have breast cancer.
Around 10% of women will have an abnormal mammogram (though fewer will require them with 3D mammography).