Breast Cancer: More Information

 

Breast Cancer Facts & Figures

The American Cancer Society tracks breast cancer occurrence, including the number of deaths, cases, and how long people survive after diagnosis. ACS also tracks data regarding behaviors that influence the risk of developing cancer and the use of screening tests.

Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is rare. It is not a new type of breast cancer, but it is very important to distinguish IBC from other types of breast cancer because there are major differences in its symptoms, prognosis, and treatment. Learn more about Inflammatory Breast Cancer here.

Pregnancy and Breast Cancer

Does pregnancy affect a woman's risk of getting breast cancer? How does being pregnant affect a woman's breast cancer treatment and prognosis? Is it safe for women who have had breast cancer to become pregnant? Get answers to these and other breast cancer questions here.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) program is dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of the early detection of breast cancer through a nationwide campaign held in October.

Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy

Breast reconstruction is a type of surgery for women who have had a breast removed. Here you can find information to help you better understand your options if you are considering breast reconstruction.

Exercises after Breast Surgery

Women with breast cancer may have many different kinds of treatments. Many women with breast cancer have some kind of surgery. No matter what type of surgery you had, it is important to do exercises afterwards.

Reach To Recovery (Breast Cancer Support)

If you have breast cancer, you may want to talk to someone who knows what you’re feeling – someone who has “been there.” Through our Reach to Recovery program, we can match you with a volunteer who will talk with you about coping with your breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Non-cancerous Breast Conditions

Non-cancerous (benign) breast conditions are very common and can be found in most women. Here we review some of the signs and symptoms of benign breast conditions and how they are found and diagnosed. We also discuss some of the more common benign breast conditions.

Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act

Learn about the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA), a law that helps protect many women with breast cancer who choose to have their breast rebuilt (reconstructed) after a mastectomy.

Breast Cancer Early Detection

Learn about the factors that may affect your risk for breast cancer, and find out what you can do to help detect breast cancer early, when it is likely to be most easily treated.

Mammograms and Other Breast Imaging Procedures

Mammograms are x-ray exams of the breast. They are most often used to screen for breast cancer in women who have no symptoms, but they can also be used in other circumstances. Learn more about mammograms and other breast imaging tests here.

Behind the Science: Mammography

Listen to the American Cancer Society's chief medical officer, Dr. Otis Brawley, and deputy chief medical officer, Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, discuss some of the controversy over mammograms and why these tests are so important.

Mammograms Matter Video

Getting a mammogram is one of the best things a woman can do to protect her health. Watch this video to learn more about mammograms.

For Women Facing a Breast Biopsy

Some women who have an abnormal mammogram or a lump in the breast may need to get a breast biopsy, where a doctor removes a small piece of breast tissue for testing. Here we explain what a breast biopsy is, how it's done, and what it might find.

Medicines to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

In women at increased risk of breast cancer, drugs such as tamoxifen and raloxifene have been shown to reduce the risk, but these drugs can have their own risks and side effects. Other drugs and dietary supplements that may help lower risk are also being studied. Here you'll find information that can help you decide if taking one of these drugs is right for you.

DES Exposure: Questions and Answers

DES (diethylstilbestrol) is a man-made form of estrogen, a female hormone. Doctors prescribed it from 1938 until 1971 to help some pregnant women who had had miscarriages or premature deliveries in the past.