• The United States has the most cases of breast cancer in the world. • When breast cancer spreads beyond the breast, it is said to be “metastatic.” The most common places breast cancer spreads to are the bones, liver, and lungs. • The risk for breast cancer increases when a woman has been using Hormone Replacement Therapy for more than five years. The largest risk is when both estrogen and progesterone are given together. Women who have had a hysterectomy and are taking pills containing estrogen alone are at less of a risk. • One myth about breast cancer is that a person’s risk is increased only when there are affected relatives on the mother’s side of the family. However, the father’s side of the family is equally important in assessing breast cancer risk. • Not all lumps that are found in the breast are cancerous but may be a fibrocystic breast condition (disease), which is benign. • The left breast is statistically more prone to developing cancer than the right breast. Scientists are unsure why. • It has been estimated that if every woman over the age of
50 had her yearly mammogram, breast cancer deaths in this age group would drop by 25% or more.