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) !
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.
Basic breast cancer facts for women and men, warning signs and statistics.
Factors that affect breast cancer risk and options for people at higher risk.
Breast cancer screening tests, when to get screened and what to do if you find a lump or change in your breast.
Getting a biopsy and understanding your diagnosis, including factors that affect your prognosis and guide treatment.
Types of treatment, side effects, how to get quality care and other issues related to treatment.
Metastatic breast cancer treatment and care, including information on support for you and your family.
Common concerns and issues for breast cancer survivors.
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.
1. DeSantis CE, Lin CC, Mariotto AB, et al. Cancer treatment and survivorship statistics, 2014. CA Cancer J Clin. 64(4):252-71, 2014.
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