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Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer in women and recent population studies have shown a rise in the incidence of cancer of the breast. Mammograms have greatly contributed to the detection of more breast cancers, particularly early after screening using this technique was started. Nowadays, because of improved sensitivity of testing, breast cancer is being detected early, providing a good prognosis for the deadly disease, however lifestyle choices are having an impact on women's health with more breast cancers being found. Exposure to estrogen through hormonal replacement therapy (HRT), having fewer children later in life, and being overweight can contribute to today's woman risk of breast cancer, which is around 1 in 7.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by USA Today
About: Rates of breast cancer increasing, but fatalities decreasing
Date: 5 October 2005
Source: USA Today
Author: Liz Szabo
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