Breast cancer facts

What we know

Fact 1: Often curable

If detected and treated early, breast cancer can often be cured through medication, radiation and surgery. If the disease has progressed it might not be curable, but it can still be treated and controlled.

Fact 2: Not contagious

Breast cancer cannot be transmitted from one person to another through physical contact. You can shake hands, kiss, make love, hug or have your grandchild sit on your lap without being afraid.

Fact 3: Causes unclear

Although we learn more about the disease every day, it is not yet completely clear what causes breast cancer. If you get breast cancer, you should know that it is not your fault!

Fact 4: A family thing

Breast cancer occurs in some families more often than others because it can be passed on through genes. If you have a close relative with breast cancer, such as a mother or sister, you should be alert.

Fact 5: Risk factors

Smoking, alcohol, and obesity can increase the risk of getting breast cancer.

Fact 6: Cancer and death

If breast cancer is not treated, it will spread from the breast throughout the body, eventually leading to death.

Fact 7: A common disease

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. Worldwide more than 2 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018.

Fact 8: Age

The older you are, the higher your risk of developing breast cancer. Nevertheless, women at all ages should check their breasts.

Fact 9: Men

It is rare, but men can get breast cancer too and should check themselves. If you notice anything unusual, see your doctor.

Fact 10: Know your body

Checking yourself regularly helps you know your body and notice changes early. Stay healthy for yourself and your family!

Early detection makes the difference

We know that the success rate depends on early diagnosis.

Dr. Orna Blondheim

Hospital Director at the Emek Medical Center in Afula, Israel

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