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Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women throughout the world.
The incidence of breast cancer is increasing by 1 – 2% per year.
The mortality (deaths) from breast cancer has decreased by 20% with newer approaches to management i.e. early detection from mammograms and adjuvant therapy (chemotherapy, hormonal therapy).
The majority of women (60%) presenting with breast cancer have no risks for breast cancer at all.
Breast cancer usually presents as a painless lump.
Every woman will experience a breast complaint at some stage of her life.
Importantly, 9 out of 10 breast problems are benign and are in no way related to cancer.
Breast concerns can occur at any stage in a woman’s life.
2 out of 3 women experience breast pain. Only a small percentage of breast cancers cause breast pain. Although breast pain can be difficult to manage, perseverance is rewarded with success.
All breast lumps and nipple discharges should be evaluated by a medical practitioner and investigated to determine the cause.
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