What’s Your Breast Cancer IQ? (Quiz)

How much do you know about breast cancer and its risk factors? Take our quiz to find out and learn more, plus, where to go for more information.

TRUE OR FALSE: Women who began their menstrual cycles before age 12 are at higher risk for breast cancer.

Answer: TRUE. Other little-known risk factors: If you have no children, had your first child at 30 or older, or began menopause after 55.

How often should you do a BSE (breast self-exam)?
A. At least once a week
B. At least once a month
C. At least once every 3 months

Answer: B., at least once a month. Nearly 70% of all breast cancers are found through self-exams and with early detection the 5-year survival rate is 98%. To learn how to give yourself a self-exam, visit nationalbreastcancer.org.

TRUE OR FALSE: Men can’t get breast cancer.

Answer: FALSE. 1,700 men get diagnosed every year—and almost 80 percent of men who are at higher risk for breast cancer don’t even know that men can get breast cancer—so men should also give themselves regular breast self-exams and talk to their doctors if they notice any changes.

What’s the most effective method for diagnosing breast cancer?
A. Physical exam
B. Mammograms
C. Thermography

Answer: C., Thermography, but a combination of all three is even better. You should still do monthly self exams, but studies show that thermography—a physiologic exam where a picture is taken of the heat that radiates from the breasts—can increase a woman’s survival rate 61 percent by detecting a pre-cancerous state years before it might be found by mammography, ultrasound, or physical exam.

TRUE OR FALSE: Having a family history of breast cancer means you will get it, too.

Answer: FALSE. Women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, but most women who have breast cancer have no family history. Still, if you have a mother, daughter, sister, or grandmother who had breast cancer, you should have a mammogram either five years before the age of their diagnosis, or starting at 35 years old.

Protect yourself: Learn more about breast cancer, including risks, myths, and how to cope if you or a loved one has been diagnosed at nationalbreastcancer.org.

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Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago


Valentina R.
Valentina R.3 years ago

Thanks, but 10 pages? No thanks.

Monique D.
Monique D.5 years ago

Thanks for sharing...I have heard thermography is execellent

jane richmond
jane richmond5 years ago

Thank you

Karen K.
Karen K.5 years ago

Data hasn't shown BSE to be as effective as this article implies although I owuldn't discourage. Also thermography isn't in the American Cancer Society algorithms.

Annemarie W.
Annemarie L.5 years ago

Thank you.

Pat Tyler
Pat Tyler5 years ago

Eat all Organic foods slowly,chew,chew,chew them and relax while eating a whole variety of whole grains,veggies, fruits,legumes, soups and herbal teas and be healthy...

Lilibeth Maniego
Lilibeth Maniego5 years ago

just live a healthy living,proper diet,and be aware.

Sara C.
Sara C.5 years ago

everyone is at risk so we should ALL be informed about prevention & detection

Angie c.
Angie cr5 years ago

i am glad to read and learn that breast cancer prevention has become a must almost everywhere!!