Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women during their lives, and many of us know someone — a mother, sister, friend — who has had it. It is the second-leading cancer killer of women in the United States, next to lung cancer. Thanks to screening, breast cancer often can be found early, when the chance of successful treatment is best. In fact, many women are even cured of the disease.
- To learn more about breast cancer treatment, you can speak with a National Cancer Institute Information Specialist via a live online text chat or by calling 800-4CANCER.
- Some women do not get regular mammograms because of cost and lack of insurance. Learn about free and low-cost breast cancer screening programs by contacting the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.
- Steps to Breast Self-exam (from Susan G. Komen for the Cure)
- How to Talk to Your Doctor or Nurse (PDF, 193 KB)
- How to Get a Second Opinion (PDF, 262 KB)
Breast Cancer was reviewed by:
Richard E. Manrow, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Office of Cancer Content Management
Office of Communications and Education
National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
Content last updated November 17, 2010.
Resources last updated November 17, 2010.
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