find Komen’s educational materials that you can download, bookmark or even share
with loved ones. Each material has a wealth of knowledge to assist you in
discussing important topics about breast cancer. Some of these materials below
are available to purchase at www.ShopKomen.com.
In addition, many
of our educational materials are available in Spanish, and some of these
materials are also available in other languages. You can find all of these
materials on the Translated
The signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women. It is important to
know how your breasts normally look and feel. If you notice any change, see your
health care provider.
Many changes will
occur in your breasts during your lifetime. Learning about breast anatomy and
how the breasts function can help you understand which changes are normal and
which are not. Learn about breast cancer and other breast conditions.
are many factors linked to breast cancer. The two most common are: being a woman
and getting older. We’ve learned a lot about risk factors, but we still don’t
understand what causes breast cancer to develop at a certain time in a certain
person. It's likely a combination of factors. Although there are things you can
do to manage your risk, no one has control over whether he or she gets breast
screening tests can reduce your chance of dying from breast cancer. Screening
tests can find breast cancer early - when the chances of survival are highest.
Breast cancer is often first
suspected when a lump or a change in the breast is found. Or perhaps, an
abnormal area was seen on your mammogram. Most of the time, these findings don’t
turn out to be cancer. But the only way to know for sure is through follow-up
tests. We offer several
materials to help guide you through the journey ahead.
The goal of
treating early breast cancer is to get rid of the cancer and keep it from coming
back. Treatment for early breast cancer includes some combination of surgery,
radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and targeted therapy. These
treatments are designed to remove the cancer from the breast and destroy any
cancer that might still be in the body.
There are a lot of things to consider during and after treatment. No
matter where you are in your treatment, listen to your body and have regular
follow-up visits with your doctor.
with breast cancer is never easy. You may be confused, shocked, sad, angry
scared or all of the above. But no matter how you react to the news, your spirit
is amazingly resilient.
Among women in the U.S., rates of breast cancer incidence (new
cases) and mortality (death) vary by race and ethnicity.
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