Oc­to­ber is Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month. How much do you know about the dis­ease?

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1. TRUE One in 8 women in the UK will de­velop breast can­cer in their life­time – that’s about 5,000 each month. Ev­ery year, over 11,000 peo­ple in the UK die from breast can­cer. But the sur­vival rate is im­prov­ing, with al­most nine in 10 women in the UK sur­viv­ing breast can­cer for five years or more – a statis­tic which has al­most dou­bled in the past 40 years.

2. FALSE If you find a lump, there’s no need to panic right away. Many women have lumps caused by fluid-filled cysts or a build-up of scar tis­sue. A new lump or mass that is hard and has rough edges is more likely to be can­cer. Watch for breast pain, swelling, or red­ness of the skin. See your GP if you no­tice any­thing dif­fer­ent.

3. FALSE Any­one with breast tis­sue can get the dis­ease, even men. But some things can make it more likely. If some­one in your fam­ily has had breast can­cer, it raises your chances of get­ting it, too. You’re also more likely to get it if you’ve had it be­fore. Most women have some risk fac­tors, but most don’t end up get­ting the dis­ease.

4. FALSE While you can’t change your risk fac­tors – like be­ing fe­male and hav­ing a fam­ily his­tory of breast can­cer – you can do a lot to re­duce your risk. In a word: life­style. Ex­er­cise more and eat health­ier, es­pe­cially if you’re over­weight. Limit your al­co­hol in­take and quit smok­ing. Can­cer preven­tion isn’t fool-proof, but be­ing re­spon­si­ble about your health goes a long way.

5. FALSE Women with small breasts have the same risks of de­vel­op­ing breast can­cer as women with big­ger breasts. Breast can­cer usu­ally de­vel­ops in the mam­mary glands or ducts – all women have the same num­ber of glands and ducts, re­gard­less of the size of their breasts.

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