Fast Five Quiz: Red Flags for Breast Cancer

Kelly McCann, MD, PhD


February 02, 2022

Most women don't have any symptoms at all; instead, disease is detected early because of breast cancer screening. However, according to the results of a recent study, approximately 1 in 6 women with symptomatic breast cancer present with symptoms other than a breast lump. In the United States, more than 95% of breast cancers are diagnosed in women aged 40 years or older, who are eligible for screening mammograms without a doctor's order.

Of significance, women with nonlump breast symptoms often delay seeking help, which is concerning because longer intervals to diagnosis have been associated with lower 5-year survival rates. At the time of diagnosis, only 6% of breast cancers in the United States are metastatic, and are almost always neglected tumors or in women who choose alternative therapy instead of therapy that is proven to be safe and effective.

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