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 cancer.
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
Being diagnosed 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
We recommend the Facts for Life fact sheets for people looking for in-depth information about breast cancer. Topics covered include: the breast and breast cancer, risk factors, diagnosis and staging, treatment, survivorship, integrative and complementary therapy, support, specific populations and resources.
We have a series of Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Breast Cancer on a variety of breast cancer issues. You can print them and bring them with you to your next doctor's appointment. Plenty of space is provided to jot down the answers to the questions. This series is a valuable resource for women who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer and who may be too overwhelmed to know where to start gathering information.
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