Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide and the second-most common cancer overall. In 2016, an estimated 246,660 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.
Common issues and topics of interest related to quality of life.
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