Lesser known facts about breast cancer

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More than 42 thousand Americans will die from breast cancer in 2019.

While it’s one of the most talked-about cancers, there may be some facts you didn’t know.

Did you know that most lumps are not breast cancer? About 90 percent of lumps are something else.

Researcher Svasti Haricharan says breast cancer has other warning signs.

She adds, “A lot of women are not aware of that fact that just having redness or a rash can be a sign of breast cancer, actually a sign of really aggressive breast cancer, that shows up really quickly and then metastasizes and results in death really quickly.”

There are some risk factors over which you have control, such as being overweight or obese. Also, women who have three alcoholic drinks per week have a 15 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer, and that risk increases ten percent for each additional drink.

The standard age to begin mammograms is 45, but it really depends on family history.

Haricharan says, “If you have a genetic predisposition or family history of breast cancer, then going younger in your 30’s is really important.”

Some experts say to start no later than ten years before the age of the earliest diagnosis in the family.

Your ethnicity can also affect your outcome: while white women are more likely to develop breast cancer than African-American women, African-American women are more likely to die from breast cancer at any age.

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