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How Much Do You Already Know About Breast Care? (True/False)

  • Healthy breasts can feel lumpy.
  • Changes to the outside of a breast may indicate a problem with it.
  • If I find a lump in my breast and the mammogram results are negative, it’s nothing to worry about.
  • As you age, your risk of developing breast cancer increases.
  • All breast lumps are cancerous.
  • Breast cancer is most common in women with a family history of breast cancer.
  • The composition of healthy breast changes after menopause.
  • Women without breast cancer symptoms don’t need mammograms.
  • Women with small breasts are less likely to have breast cancer.
  • Breast self-exams can serve a helpful function.
  • A breast injury can cause breast cancer.
  • The earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chances for successful treatment.

Answers below


  • True. Lumpiness is not a cause for concern as long as it is normal for your breasts.
  • True. Dimpling, puckering, flattening, indentations and other changes seen on the outside of the breast may indicate a problem within the breast.
  • False. A small percentage of breast cancers are not detected by mammography. Any lump in your breast requires further evaluation.
  • True. Most breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50, and the rise is especially high in women over 60.
  • False. More than 80 percent of all breast lumps discovered are not cancerous.
  • False. Although a family history of breast cancer puts you a higher rise, 80 percent of the women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
  • True. Following menopause, the amount of fibrous tissue in a woman’s breasts decreases and amount of fatty tissue increases.
  • False. In its earliest and most treatable stage, breast cancer often causes no symptoms. It’s critical that women, including those with no symptoms, follow through with mammograms and clinical breast exams on schedule. Size has nothing to do with a women’s vulnerability to cancer or other breast disease.
  • False. Breast size has nothing to do with a woman’s vulnerability to cancer or other breast disease.
  • True. Although the American Cancer Society recommends BSE as an option for women starting in their 20’s, many experts encourage doing BSE on a monthly basis. In this way, women can learn how their breasts normally look and feel so any changes can be quickly detected and reported.
  • False. There is no evidence that an injury to the breast will cause cancer. An injury may, however, result in certain conditions that can appear as lumps. An injury can also make you more aware of your breasts and more likely to notice any unusual changes.
  • True. Your best plan for early detection of breast cancer is mammograms and clinical breast exams on schedule and making an informed choice about whether or how often to do breast self-exam to increase awareness of the normal “landscape” of your breasts.