This is me and my identical twin sister Sharon. We are genetically identical and yet we look and act a little differently at times. That's what happens with breast cancer. Some breast cancers are more aggressive than others...those are the inflammatory breast cancers and the "triple negative" breast cancers. Did you know that African-American women have a higher percentage of more aggressive cancers and they are often caught at a more advanced stage? The Susan G. Komen Foundation is funding some AH-MAZ-ING research to help treat advanced and metastatic cancers. See this link for more info http://ww5.komen.org/News/Susan-G--Komen®-2015-Breast-Cancer-Research-Funding-Targets-Early-Career-Investigators,-New-Therapies,-Health-Inequities,-and-Metastatic-Disease.html.
So what if you don't have a family history of breast cancer and do not have increased risk for the disease? Well, think again. More than 85% of women who get breast cancer DO NOT HAVE A FAMILY HISTORY of it!!! Your two biggest risk factors for breast cancer? 1) Being a woman and 2) Getting older. EVERY, EVERY, EVERY woman needs to get a mammogram yearly at age 40 (earlier in some) and do self breast exams. Breast cancer runs in my family on my mother's side and on my father's side, but my biggest risk is being a woman.