Quiz – How Much Do You Know About Breast Cancer?

NOTE: Read the question and write down your answer BEFORE reading the explanation as the explanation WILL give you the answer.

1. A lump in the breast is almost always cancer.

True / False

Explanation:
A lump in the breast is not always cancer. When a lump turns out not to be cancer, what else might it be? It could be a cyst, an abnormal noncancerous growth, or a blood clot that causes lumpiness. It could also be a “pseudo lump,” caused by hormonal changes that isn’t a lump at all. Still, whatever the cause, it’s important to get any lump evaluated.

2. How often do doctors recommend breast self-exams?

A. Once a week
B. Once a month
C. Once a day
D. Twice a Year

Explanation:
It was once widely recommended that women check their own breasts once a month. The current thinking is that it’s more important to know your breasts and be aware of any changes, rather than checking them on a regular schedule.

3. Breast cancer CAN BE inherited.

True / False

Explanation:
If you have a strong (positive) family history for breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or even prostate cancer, this information is relevant to your diagnosis. A strong family history in this case usually means that a mother, sibling, child, or father has had a related malignancy. Information about other family members (aunts, nieces, etc.) is also important.

4. Which is NOT a term describing a normal part of the breast?

A. Ducts
B. Lymph Nodes
C. Fat
D. Mastalgia

Explanation:
Mastalgia is the medical term for breast pain. It does not describe a part of the breast.

5. Abnormal cells that do not function like the body’s normal cells are called…

A. Stem cells
B. Muscle cells
C. Cancerous cells
D. Mitochondrial

Explanation:
Cells in the body normally divide (reproduce) only when new cells are needed. If however, the cells that are growing out of control are abnormal and do not function like the body’s normal cells, the tumor is called malignant (cancerous).

6. What causes breast cancer?

A. No one knows
B. Living near highly industrialized cities
C. Low levels of bodily hormones
D. Vaccines

Explanation:
We do not know what causes breast cancer, although we do know that certain risk factors may put you at higher risk of developing it. A person’s age, genetic factors, personal health history, and diet all contribute to breast cancer risk.

7. Which is the most common form of breast cancer?

A. Invasive ductal carcinoma
B. Ductal carcinoma in situ
C. Infiltrating (invasive) lobular carcinoma
D. None of the above

Explanation:
Invasive ductal carcinoma is the most common form of breast cancer, accounting for 80% of invasive cases. This cancer starts in the milk ducts of the breast. Then it breaks through the wall of the duct and invades the fatty tissue of the breast.

8. The medical term for the spread of cancer is called ________________.

A. Mammary embolism
B. Metastasis
C. Suffusion
D. Diffusion

Explanation:
The medical term for the spread of cancer is called metastasis.

9. Benign tumors in the breast are capable of metastasis.

True / False

Explanation:
Tumors in the breast can be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer). Benign tumors are not as harmful as malignant tumors. Benign tumors:
– are rarely a threat to life
– can be removed and usually don’t grow back
– don’t invade the tissues around them
– don’t spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body

10. What are breast cancer risk factors for women?

A. Childbearing later in life
B. Having never had children
C. Being overweight after menopause
D. All of the above

Explanation:
Certain risk factors for breast cancer are:
– Childbearing later in life
– Having never had children
– Being overweight after menopause

Note: Having risk factors does not mean that a woman will get breast cancer. In fact, most women who have risk factors never develop breast cancer.

11. Bloody discharge from the nipple can be a symptom of breast cancer.

True / False

Explanation:
Early breast cancer usually doesn’t cause symptoms. But as the tumor grows, it can change how the breast looks or feels. The common changes include the following:
– A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area
– A change in the size or shape of the breast
– Dimpling or puckering in the skin of the breast
– A nipple turned inward into the breast
– Discharge (fluid) from the nipple, especially if it’s bloody
– Scaly, red, or swollen skin on the breast, nipple, or areola (the dark area of skin at the center of the breast). The skin may have ridges or pitting so that it looks like the skin of an orange.

12. What percentage of women will discover a lump at some point in their lives?

A. 10%
B. 20%
C. 30%
D. 40%

Explanation:
About 40% of women will discover a breast lump at some point in their lives. Although a lump doesn’t necessarily mean cancer, what women do immediately after that discovery can mean the difference between survival or not. It is important to see your health-care provider if you detect any lumps or other abnormalities in your breast.

13. Of eight women who live to be 85, how many are expected to develop breast cancer?

A. One
B. Two
C. Three
D. Four

Explanation:
If eight women were to live to be at least 85, one of them would be expected to develop the disease at some point during her life.

14. Breast pain is a common symptom of breast cancer.

True / False

Explanation:
There are often no symptoms of breast cancer, but sometimes women may discover a breast problem on their own. Signs and symptoms to be aware of may include the following:
– A painless lump in the breast
– Changes in breast size of shape
– Swelling in the armpit
– Nipple changes or discharge
Breast pain can also be a symptom of cancer, but this is not common. Either way, all pain in the breast needs to be evaluated by a health-care provider.

15. You or someone you know has found a lump in the breast. Now what?

A. Make an appointment with your doctor
B. Do nothing
C. Go immediately to the nearest emergengy room
D. Apply ice packs to the breast to reduce swelling

Explanation:
First, don’t panic. Eighty percent of breast lumps are not cancerous. Lumps often turn out to be harmless cysts or tissue changes related to your menstrual cycle. But you should let your doctor know right away if you find anything unusual in your breast. If it is cancer, the earlier it’s found the better. But if it isn’t cancer, testing can give you peace of mind.

Answers:
1. False
2. B- Once a month
3. True
4. D- Mastalgia
5. C- Cancerous cells
6. A- No one knows
7. A- Invasive ducal carcinoma
8. B- Matastasis
9. False
10. D- All of the above
11. True
12. D- 40%
13. A- One
14. False
15. A- Make an appointment with your doctor

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