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  • About Breast Cancer

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S. and around the world. In 2017, about 255,180 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. alone. So, no matter who you are or where you live, breast cancer may touch your life.

    Progress in treatment and early detection has led to improved survival for people of all ages and races, and with all stages of breast cancer. In fact, there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. today (more than any other group of cancer survivors) [1]!

    The About Breast Cancer section of this website has the latest information to help you better understand breast cancer risk factors, screening, diagnosis, treatment, metastatic breast cancer, survivorship and more.

    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. 

    FACTS AND STATISTICS

    FACTS AND STATISTICS

    Basic breast cancer facts for women and men, warning signs and statistics.

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    RISK FACTORS AND RISK REDUCTION

    RISK FACTORS AND RISK REDUCTION

    Factors that affect breast cancer risk and options for people at higher risk.

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    SCREENING AND EARLY DETECTION

    SCREENING AND EARLY DETECTION

    Breast cancer screening tests, when to get screened and what to do if you find a lump or change in your breast.

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    DIAGNOSING BREAST CANCER

    DIAGNOSING BREAST CANCER

    Getting a biopsy and understanding your diagnosis, including factors that affect your prognosis and guide treatment.  

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    TREATING BREAST CANCER

    TREATING BREAST CANCER

    Types of treatment, side effects, how to get quality care and other issues related to treatment.

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    METASTATIC BREAST CANCER

    METASTATIC BREAST CANCER

    Metastatic breast cancer treatment and care, including information on support for you and your family.

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    SURVIVORSHIP TOPICS

    SURVIVORSHIP TOPICS

    Common concerns and issues for breast cancer survivors.

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    FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE & SUPPORT

    FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE & SUPPORT

    Find resources to help with prescription drug and other medical costs as well as help with transportation, lodging, child care and elder care. Find information on support groups and other types of social support.

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    1. DeSantis CE, Lin CC, Mariotto AB, et al. Cancer treatment and survivorship statistics, 2014. CA Cancer J Clin. 64(4):252-71, 2014.

Updated 03/27/17
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