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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Take a quiz, see how well you know facts

Take the breast cancer awareness quiz and win a pink collapsible cooler filled with two movie tickets, popcorn, candies, cookies and a breast cancer awareness pin. Just place the correct answer beside the question number and e-mail your answers to Tonya Pilkenton in Radiology at no later than Tuesday, Oct. 27. Susan Ackerman, M.D., will draw one prize winner from all of the winning entries on Oct. 30. The winner will be announced in the Nov. 6 issue of The Catalyst.

1. Hollings Cancer Center is the only ______________________-designated cancer center in South Carolina; and one of only 64 in the country.

2. Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age _____ and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.

3. Women in their 20s and 30s should have a _____________________ as part of a regular health exam by a health professional, preferably every three years. After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health professional every year.

4. Hollings Cancer Center has a __________________________ that travels weekly throughout 12 Lowcountry counties offering free and low-cost screenings to underserved populations.

5. You can lower your risk of getting breast cancer by changing these risk factors – limit alcohol use, _____________________ and keep a healthy weight.

6. The earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chances that treatment will work. Mammograms are ________________ for breast cancer that save thousands of lives each year.

7. For certain women at high risk for breast cancer, MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) screenings are recommended along with a yearly mammogram. It is not generally recommended as a screening tool by itself as it may miss some cancers that __________________would find.

8. The most common sign of breast cancer is a ________________. A lump that is painless, hard, and has uneven edges is more likely to be cancer. But some cancers are tender, soft and rounded. So it’s important to have anything unusual checked by a doctor.
Other signs of breast cancer include the following:  swelling of all or part of the breast; skin irritation or dimpling; breast pain; nipple pain or the nipple turning inward; redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin; a nipple discharge other than breast milk; and a lump in the underarm area

9. ________ patients were diagnosed with breast cancer at Hollings Cancer Center last year.

10. Hollings Mobile Health Unit provides ______________________ for breast, prostate, cervical, head and neck and skin cancers throughout twelve counties in the Lowcountry.

Mobile Health Unit
new lump or mass
clinical breast exam (CBE)
early detection tests
cancer education and screening
National Cancer Institute
exercise regularly

E-mail answers to by Oct. 27

Friday, Oct. 23, 2009

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