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Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

With its "RE/MAX: Racing for Life" slogan, RE/MAX is proud to be a co-sponsor of the National Series Breast Cancer Survivor Recognition Program at Komen Race for the Cure¨ events.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has raised more than $240 million for research, education, screening and treatment since 1982. The foundation is best known for its Race for the Cure events, the world's largest series of 5K runs and fitness walks. Komen expects more than 1 million people to participate in its 2002 races. Komen's Survivor Recognition Program celebrates breast cancer survivors and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. RE/MAX shares sponsorship of the 2002 program with Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, a nonprofit volunteer organization. RE/MAX contributes to racers' "I'm a Survivor" pink tee-shirts, caps, "In Honor of" and "In Memory of" back-signs, and program banners for each race. RE/MAX Associates who are breast cancer survivors or who have been otherwise affected by the disease are encouraged to solicit fund-raising pledges for their own participation in the events. Corporate representatives will host Breast Cancer Survivor Recognition tents at the races. More than 100 Komen Race for the Cure races are scheduled for 2002.

Frequently asked questions and answers on breast health Komen Race for the Cure .

Q: Who is at risk for breast cancer?
A: All women are at risk for breast cancer. The two most significant risk factors are being female and getting older. The majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no other known risk factors.

Q: What are the risk factors that put women at a higher risk for breast cancer?
A: A personal history of breast or ovarian cancer, a relative who had breast cancer before menopause or in both breasts, a personal history of breast biopsy showing atypical hyperplasia or carcinoma in situ, being young at the time of your first period, starting menopause later, never being pregnant or having your first child after age 30 and having the mutated breast cancer gene BRCA1 or BRCA2.

Q: Are women who have fibrocystic changes in their breasts at higher risk for breast cancer?
A: Fibrocystic breast changes, lumpiness plus tenderness or pain at certain times of the month, do not increase your chance of getting breast cancer. Keep in mind: Performing breast self-exams will help a woman become familiar with what is normal for her breasts.

Q: What role does diet and nutritionplay in reducing one's breast cancer risk?
A: For overall wellness and possibly to decrease your breast cancer risk, it is recommended that women consume a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes.

Q: Will drinking alcohol increase one's risk for breast cancer?
A: Numerous studies have shown that high levels of alcohol intake probably increase the risk of breast cancer. If you drink, drink in moderation — less than one drink per day.

Q: Are women who use birth control pills at an increased risk for breast cancer?
A: Studies have shown that taking birth control pills for five years or longer can slightly increase your risk for breast cancer. However, there is no apparent increase in a woman's risk of breast cancer 10 or more years after she has stopped using oral contraceptives.

Q: What role does exercise play in reducing one's breast cancer risk?
A: Physical activity may protect you from breast cancer if you are premenopausal or are a younger postmenopausal woman. Exercise reduces estrogen levels, fights obesity, lowers insulin levels and boosts the immune system.

Q: What should I do if I am at higher risk for breast cancer?
A: Talk to your doctor about risk assessment and possible options to reduce your risk of breast cancer such as the antiestrogen drug, tamoxifen.

Q: Who is at risk for breast cancer?
A: All women are at risk for breast cancer. The two most significant risk factors are being female and getting older. The majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no other known risk factors.

Q: What are the risk factors that put women at a higher risk for breast cancer?
A: A personal history of breast or ovarian cancer, a relative who had breast cancer before menopause or in both breasts, a personal history of breast biopsy showing atypical hyperplasia or carcinoma in situ, being young at the time of your first period, starting menopause later, never being pregnant or having your first child after age 30 and having the mutated breast cancer gene BRCA1 or BRCA2.

Q: Are women who have fibrocystic changes in their breasts at higher risk for breast cancer?
A: Fibrocystic breast changes, lumpiness plus tenderness or pain at certain times of the month, do not increase your chance of getting breast cancer. Keep in mind: Performing breast self-exams will help a woman become familiar with what is normal for her breasts.

Q: What role does diet and nutritionplay in reducing one's breast cancer risk?
A: For overall wellness and possibly to decrease your breast cancer risk, it is recommended that women consume a well-balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes.

Q: Will drinking alcohol increase one's risk for breast cancer?
A: Numerous studies have shown that high levels of alcohol intake probably increase the risk of breast cancer. If you drink, drink in moderation — less than one drink per day.

Q: Are women who use birth control pills at an increased risk for breast cancer?
A: Studies have shown that taking birth control pills for five years or longer can slightly increase your risk for breast cancer. However, there is no apparent increase in a woman's risk of breast cancer 10 or more years after she has stopped using oral contraceptives.

Q: What role does exercise play in reducing one's breast cancer risk?
A: Physical activity may protect you from breast cancer if you are premenopausal or are a younger postmenopausal woman. Exercise reduces estrogen levels, fights obesity, lowers insulin levels and boosts the immune system.

Q: What should I do if I am at higher risk for breast cancer?
A: Talk to your doctor about risk assessment and possible options to reduce your risk of breast cancer such as the antiestrogen drug, tamoxifen.

The facts about breast cancer
During the 1990's, approximately 1.8 million women and 12,000 men were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.
This year, an estimated 182,800 women and 1,400 men will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.
Approximately 40,000 women and 400 men will die of breast cancer this year.
Breast cancer is the leading cancer site among American women and is second only to lung cancer in cancer deaths.
When breast cancer is confined to the breast, the five year survival rate is over 95 percent.
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