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What You Can Do About Breast Cancer

Article date: September 30, 2011

Since 1990, more and more women have been surviving breast cancer, largely because of early detection through mammography and improvements in treatment. Read up on news of the latest research about breast cancer. Follow the links below to learn about finding breast cancer early, treating the disease if you've already been diagnosed, and getting support as you cope with breast cancer. You'll also find information about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, our signature event to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about the disease, and help save lives.

cheering survivors Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a non-competitive walking event that takes place in communities across the United States every year. Since 1993, nearly 7 million walkers have raised more than $400 million. In 2010 alone, more than 800,000 walkers across the country collected $60 million to save lives from breast cancer. Find a Making Strides event near you.


smiling woman Early Detection Information

Although there's no sure-fire way to prevent breast cancer, certain lifestyle habits are linked to a lower risk of developing it. Getting regular mammograms and breast exams is also important, because these tests can find breast cancer early, when it is more treatable. Listen to some real women talk about getting a mammogram, and sign up for our mammogram reminder to make sure you don't forget yours.

Black female doctor goes over xrays with female patient Coping with Breast Cancer Treatment

Treatments for breast cancer can include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and other drugs. Learn about each of these in our Breast Cancer Detailed Guide and our Breast Cancer Overview and get a printable list of questions to ask your doctor. You can also consult our treatment decision tool and find products to help you deal with the side effects of treatment. For helpful information about dealing with insurance, work, and financial issues, check out the offerings from our content partners at Survivorship A to Z.

Questions about lymph node surgery? Find out what our breast cancer expert has to say on our Expert Voices blog

two women hug Finding Support When You Have Breast Cancer

More than 2.5 million women in the United States have beaten breast cancer or are currently in treatment for it. Connect with some of them through one of the American Cancer Society’s peer support networks.

WhatNext is a Web site developed with the participation of the American Cancer Society to make it easier for those touched by cancer to get and give support, find resources, gain perspective, and focus their decision-making.

Cancer Survivors Network is a vibrant online community of survivors, caregivers, family members, and friends coping with cancer.

Or get one-on-one support through our Reach to Recovery Program, which matches breast cancer survivors with women newly diagnosed. You can also read the inspiring stories of other women who have made it through this disease.


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