Breast Cancer Quiz Answers

1. True or False. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. 

False.
Estimates for 2014 place breast cancer second to prostate cancer in number of occurrences in the United States, with an estimated 232,670 cases of female breast cancer and 2,360 cases of male breast cancer for a total of 2350,30 cases. The estimate for prostate cancer cases for 2014 is 233,000. 

2. True or False. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. 

False.
With a combined estimate of 40,430 female and male deaths from cancer in the United States in 2014, breast cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer deaths. Lung cancer is expected to cause the death of 159,260 people in the United States in 2014, making it by far the leading cause of cancer death. Colon and rectal cancer is expected to be the second deadliest cancer in 2014, with an estimated 50,310 deaths. 

3. True or False. Having breast cancer in one breast, regardless of treatment, increases your risk of getting cancer in your other breast. 

True. 

4. True or False. Benign tumors, once removed, do not usually grow back. 

True.

5. Which of the following statements about malignant tumors is correct? 

a) They can be a threat to life.
b) After being removed, they can grow back.
c) They can spread to other parts of the body.
d) They can invade and damage nearby organs and tissues.
e) All of the above.

6. True or False: Having a family history of breast cancer means you will get it.

False.
In the U.S., only 5 percent to 10 percent of all breast cancers occur because of inherited mutations. You are, however, at higher risk for breast cancer if your mother, father, sister or daughter has had it. And if they had their breast cancer before age 50, your risk is even higher. But the specific reasons why breast cancer develops in a person are not clear. 

7. Which of the following two facts is true of breast cancer in the United States? 

a) Breast cancer is diagnosed in white women more than any other ethnic or racial group.
b) African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer than any other ethnic or racial group.

Both statements are correct.

8. True or False. Women who never had children are less likely to have breast cancer.

False.
Women who have not had children are more likely to have breast cancer. 

9. All but which of the following put women at greater risk of breast cancer: 

a) Being overweight or obese after menopause.
b) Drinking alcohol.
c) The younger a woman is when she has her first child.
d) Having the first menstrual period before age 12.

The older a woman is when she has her first child puts her at greater risk for breast cancer.

10. True or False. The five-year survival rate for all women diagnosed with breast cancer is 90 percent, and the five-year survival rate for women who are diagnosed early and whose cancer is confined to the breast is 98 percent.

True.

This quiz is based on facts published by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health.  

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