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  • About Breast Cancer

    No matter who you are or where you live, breast cancer may touch your life. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S. and around the world. In 2018, about 266,120 women will be diagnosed in the U.S. alone [1]. 

    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 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. today (more than any other group of cancer survivors) [2]!

    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.

    FACTS AND STATISTICS

    FACTS AND STATISTICS

    Breast cancer basics, including warning signs, statistics and information for men with breast cancer.

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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, including the importance of clinical trials.

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    METASTATIC BREAST CANCER

    METASTATIC BREAST CANCER

    Metastatic breast cancer treatment and care, including information about clinical trials, symptom management and supportive care, quality of life and support for you and your family.

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    SURVIVORSHIP TOPICS

    SURVIVORSHIP TOPICS

    Common concerns and issues for those living with breast cancer.

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    FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

    FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

    Resources to help with prescription drug and other medical costs as well as transportation, lodging, child care and elder care.

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    SUPPORT

    SUPPORT

    Information on support groups and other types of social support.

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    TOOLS AND RESOURCES

    TOOLS AND RESOURCES

    Information about our Breast Care Helpline, Clinical Trial Information Helpline and Treatment Assistance Program, as well as our educational materials and interactive resources.

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    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. The content reflects the current body of scientific knowledge on a topic. We look at the consistency within research from large studies (done with people) reported in reputable, peer-reviewed journals.

    1. American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2018. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society, 2018.

    2. American Cancer Society. Cancer Treatment and Survivorship Facts and Figures 2016-2017. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society, 2016.

Updated 01/24/18
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