Four Things You Should Know About Breast Cancer

Arm yourself with the vital numbers about one of the most dreaded disease in women. Cosmo clues you in.

  • Breast cancer affects teens as young as 15 and women as old as 54, but incidence and death increase with age.
  • Though the American Cancer Society notes that white women have higher risks for the disease, it remains a leading cause of death for Filipino women. The Philippine Cancer Registry lists more than 10,000 cases with a mortality rate of 40%. The World Health Organization (WHO) notes that the country holds the highest incidence rate of breast cancer in Asia, and the ninth in the world as of 2008.
  • Studies showed that only 5% of breast cancer cases are hereditary, although a woman's risk is higher if she has a relative suffering from the disease. The American Cancer Society also lists sex, age, childbearing, hormones, a high-fat diet, alcohol intake, obesity, and environmental factors such as tobacco use and radiation as some of the causes.
  • You may be healthy now, but it helps to protect yourself from the disease this early by exercising regularly, limiting your alcohol intake, maintaining a balanced diet, and avoiding exposure to toxic chemicals and environmental pollutants. By now, you should also know how to feel your twins and armpits for lumps.
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