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. This section describes those tests and how they affect your diagnosis, prognosis and treatment.
For most women, a mammogram or clinical breast exam will not show signs of breast cancer. But if yours reveals something abnormal, you’ll need a follow-up test to determine exactly what it is. Learn more.
There’s a reason people say waiting is the hardest part. It can be maddening, especially when you’re waiting for test results. But stay calm—most biopsies in the U.S. don’t show cancer. Learn more.
So your doctor said the words “You have breast cancer” and suddenly, everything stopped. He or she probably kept talking, but chances are you couldn’t digest it at the time or didn’t fully understand everything that was said. Learn more.
Over the past 20 years, progress in treatment and early detection has led to improved survival for people of all ages, races, and stages of breast cancer. Between 1990 and 2010, breast cancer mortality declined by 34 percent among women in the U.S. Learn more.
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