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Test Your Breast Cancer IQ

Test Your Breast Cancer IQ

by Camille Noe Pagán

Breast cancer statistics can be scary. After all, one in eight women will get the disease in her lifetime, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the United States, after skin cancer. But here's the good news: The majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer will survive it — the key is in early detection and proper treatment. That's why it's so important to know all you can about what your risk factors are (and aren't), as well as how you can stay healthy. What's your breast cancer IQ? Take this quiz and find out.

Which of the following increases a woman's risk of breast cancer?
1 of 7 questions

Having a family member who has had it

Never giving birth or having your first child after the age of 30

Getting older

All of the above

Breast cancer can be completely prevented by:
2 of 7 questions

Eating a low-fat diet


Avoiding alcohol

None of the above

Breast cancer can be completely cured if an individual receives treatment.
3 of 7 questions



Which of the following is true about mammograms?
4 of 7 questions

They can detect some types of breast cancer before a lump is ever felt

They're 100% effective in finding all types of breast cancer

They're extremely painful for all women

They're unnecessary unless a lump is felt

The majority of women with breast cancer:
5 of 7 questions

Have a mother or sister with the disease

Have a distant relative with the condition

Don't possess any identifiable risk factors

Are younger than 45

A woman diagnosed with breast cancer will always lose at least one breast.
6 of 7 questions



Most lumps in a woman's breast:
7 of 7 questions

Turn out to be cancerous

Are caused by hormonal changes

Are the result of wearing badly fitted bras

Don't need to be evaluated by a physician