Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide and the second-most common cancer overall. In 2017, about 255,180 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. alone. So no matter who you are or where you live, understanding breast cancer is important. But the most important thing to know is this: a diagnosis is not a death sentence. Breast cancer can be treated.
The content within the About Breast Cancer section was co-developed with Harvard Medical School faculty and Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center staff.
Basic breast cancer facts, warning signs and symptoms, gender differences and statistics.
Factors that affect breast cancer risk and how to manage your risk.
Ways to screen for and detect breast cancer, when to get tests and what to do if you notice a change in your breast.
How to understand a diagnosis, learn about diagnostic tests and reports, and calm your fears while waiting for results.
Different types of treatment, how to get quality care and other issues related to treatment.
Learn about metastatic breast cancer treatment and care. You can also find information on social support for you and your family.
Common concerns and issues for breast cancer survivors.
Learn about insurance and find resources to help with prescription drug and other medical costs as well as help with transportation and lodging. You can also find information on support groups and other types of social support.
Discover the different ways you can help