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  • “Ninety-six percent of women who find and treat breast cancer early will be cancer-free after five years.”
  • “Oral contraceptives may cause a slight increase in breast cancer risk; however 10 years after discontinuing use of oral contraceptives the risk is the same as for women who never used the pill.”
  • “Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, accounting for more than 1 in 4 cancers diagnosed in US women.”
  • “Men are generally at low risk for developing breast cancer; however, they should report any change in their breasts to a physician.”
  • “Breast cancer incidence and death rates generally increase with age. During 2000-2004, 95% or new cases and 97% of breast cancer deaths occurred in women aged 40 and older.”
  • “White women have a higher incidence of breast cancer than African American women after age 40. In contrast, African American women have a higher incidence rate before the age of 40 and are more likely to die from breast cancer at every age.”

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