A breast cancer diagnosis comes with an extensive list of terminology that you and your loved ones may be unfamiliar with. Are you up to speed on causes of breast cancer, types of procedures, and treatments? What about what the newest research says?
Take our 20-question test, and maybe learn something new along the way. The answers are on the next page.
Fill In The Blank:
- A ________ ________ is when doctors use abdominal, gluteal, or back tissues to help reconstruct the breast.
- Roughly ________% to ________% of breast cancers are the fault of a gene mutation.
- Breast cancer treatment costs are astronomical. For a treatment drug that costs $120,000 a year, even an insured patient could spend $________ to $________ in out-of-pocket costs for that drug alone.
- Breast cancer has a sister cancer, ________ ________. About 1 in 67 women will develop this type of cancer in her lifetime.
- A new study shows that when two generic drugs (bisphosphonates and aromatase inhibitors) are paired together, they are more effective than ________ at treating breast cancer, reducing recurrence, and reducing the risk of dying from the disease.
What Do These Acronyms Refer To?
True or False:
- Everyone with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation will get cancer.
- If you have a double mastectomy, it is impossible for you to get breast cancer again.
- Stage IV breast cancer (where cancer has spread to lungs, bones, brain, or liver) is incurable.
- A blood test can now predict recurrence months before any noticeable signs occur.
- Cannabinoids have now been proven to incite cell death in cancer cells and aid in treating the side effects of chemotherapy.
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Multiple Choice: (pick one)
- Which of these do not have a compound that may help treat cancer?
- Olive oil
- Bitter melon
- Which supposed link to breast cancer has actually been proven?
- Wearing a bra
- Miscarriage or abortion
- Which physical symptom is not a suspicious sign that you (may) have cancer?
- Lump near the armpit
- Inverted nipple
- Changes in skin
- Bad breath
- Which professionals have up to four times greater risk of developing breast cancer than the general population?
- Basketball players
- After a mastectomy or double mastectomy, survivors have these options:
- No reconstruction
- Reconstruction surgery (silicone or saline implants, flap procedures, etc.)
- Breast prostheses
- All of the above
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