find Komen’s educational materials you can download, bookmark or share with loved ones. Each material has a wealth of knowledge to assist you
in understanding breast cancer.
In addition, many
of our educational materials are available in Spanish, and some materials are available in other languages. You can find these
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The signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women. It is important to know how your breasts normally look and feel. If you notice any change, see a health care provider.
Many changes will occur in your breasts during your lifetime. Learning about breast anatomy and how the breasts function can help you understand which changes are normal and which are not. Learn about breast cancer and other breast conditions.
There are many factors linked to breast cancer. The two most common are: being a woman and getting older. We’ve learned a lot about risk factors, but we still don’t understand what causes breast cancer to develop at a certain time in a certain person. It's likely a combination of factors. Although there are things you can do to manage your risk, no one has control over whether he or she gets breast cancer.
Regular screening tests can reduce your chance of dying from breast cancer. Screening tests can find breast cancer early - when the chances of survival are highest.
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. We offer several materials to help guide you through the journey ahead.
The goal of treating early breast cancer is to get rid of the cancer and keep it from coming back. Treatment for early breast cancer includes some combination of surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and targeted therapy. These treatments are designed to remove the cancer from the breast and destroy any cancer that might still be in the body.
breast cancer is the most advanced stage of breast cancer. A
diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer is devastating. It’s normal to feel
overwhelmed and scared. Although metastatic breast cancer is not curable
today, it can be treated. Treatment focuses on length and quality
of life. As treatment continues to improve, so does
survival. Today, some people may live many years with metastatic breast cancer.
There are a lot of things to consider during and after treatment. No matter where you are in your treatment, listen to your body and have regular follow-up visits with your doctor.
Being diagnosed with breast cancer is never easy. You may be confused, shocked, sad, angry scared or all of the above. But no matter how you react to the news, your spirit is amazingly resilient.
Among women in the U.S., rates of breast cancer incidence (new cases) and mortality (death) vary by race and ethnicity.
We recommend the Facts for Life fact sheets for people looking for in-depth information about breast cancer. Topics covered include: the breast and breast cancer, risk factors, diagnosis and staging, treatment, survivorship, integrative and complementary therapy, support, specific populations and resources.
We have a series of Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Breast Cancer on a variety of breast cancer issues. You can print them and bring them with you to your next doctor's appointment. Plenty of space is provided to jot down the answers to the questions. This series is a valuable resource for women who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer and who may be too overwhelmed to know where to start gathering information.
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