Breast Cancer

Exercise Can Improve Breast Cancer Survivors’ Quality of Life

Research has shown that exercise is not only safe and possible during and after breast cancer treatment, but that it also can reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.

How Your Diet May Affect Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Have you ever said “no thanks” to a tempting dessert or eaten only salad for lunch because you were trying to cut back? If so, you’re among many women who try every day to protect their health by eating right.

If You’re Called Back After a Mammogram

Most women who get their routine mammogram will receive a letter within 30 days saying the results were normal. But if doctors find something suspicious, they’ll call you back – usually within just 5 days – to take new pictures or get other tests.

Breast Cancer Symptoms: What You Need to Know

Breast cancer doesn’t usually cause symptoms in its early stages. But following screening guidelines doesn’t mean you should ignore changes in your breasts.

Simple Answers to Breast Cancer Questions for the Newly Diagnosed

For those who must face breast cancer, having a trusted, easy-to-read source for answers can be an invaluable way to feel more informed, more in control, and more prepared as they move forward with life and with treatment.

Five Ways to Fight Breast Cancer

The fight against breast cancer takes place on many fronts, not just in the treatment center. Here are 5 ways to use your time, your skills, and your voice to make a difference.

NFL Helps American Cancer Society Fight Breast Cancer

Each October, the National Football League joins the American Cancer Society to raise awareness about the importance of regular breast exams and to raise money to help fight breast cancer. Read more here.

Five Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

While you can’t change some breast cancer risk factors—family history and aging, for example—there are some risk factors that you can control.

What You Need to Know About Getting a Mammogram

Getting a mammogram every year is important in finding breast cancer early.

American Cancer Society Updates Easy-to-Read Breast Cancer Book

Breast Cancer Clear & Simple, Second Edition: All Your Questions Answered is a straight-forward guide for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

NIH to Fund Study of Breast Cancer in Black Women

The National Cancer Institute, part of the US National Institutes of Health, is launching the largest ever study try to find the underlying causes of breast cancer in black women, and to better understand why they are more likely to die of breast cancer than are white women.

ACS Report: Number of US Cancer Survivors Expected to Exceed 20 Million by 2026

A new report by the American Cancer Society – in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute – estimates there are more than 15.5 million cancer survivors alive in the US today, and that number will grow to more than 20 million by 2026.

Cancer Screening Tests All Women Should Know About

Along with giving Mother's Day gifts and sending greetings this year, encourage the moms in your life to get up to date on cancer screening tests.

Annual Report to the Nation: Cancer Death Rates Still Dropping

The death rate from cancer in the United States is continuing the decline that began in the early 1990s, according to the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer.

Study: Smoking Linked to Shortened Breast Cancer Survival

Breast cancer survivors who are smokers and continue to smoke after their diagnosis are more likely to die from breast cancer than breast cancer survivors who have never been smokers, according to findings from the Collaborative Breast Cancer Study.

Task Force Releases New Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued new breast cancer screening recommendations for women who don’t have symptoms of breast cancer and are not at high risk of the disease. Learn more here.

When Breast Cancer Comes Back

A successful end to treatment can be both stressful and exciting. You’re likely to be relieved to finish treatment, but you may find it hard not to worry about cancer coming back.

Experts Gather for International Breast Cancer Research Conference

Breast cancer researchers from all over the world head to Texas this week for the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS).

FDA OKs Cooling Cap to Reduce Hair Loss from Chemotherapy

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared for marketing a cooling cap to reduce hair loss in women being treated with chemotherapy for breast cancer.

ACS Releases Long-term Care Guideline for Breast Cancer Survivors

The American Cancer Society and the American Society of Clinical Oncology have released a new Breast Cancer Survivorship Care Guideline to help breast cancer survivors and their primary care providers better manage their long-term care.

Report: Breast Cancer Rates Rising Among African-American Women

A new report from the American Cancer Society finds that breast cancer rates among African-American women in the United States are increasing.

American Cancer Society Releases New Breast Cancer Guideline

The American Cancer Society has released new guidelines for breast cancer screening.

Preventive Breast Cancer Surgery on the Rise in Men

Research from the American Cancer Society and Dana Farber Cancer Institute has found a sharp rise in the number of men with breast cancer who are having their cancer-free breast removed as well.

The Link Between Alcohol and Cancer

Most people know that drinking too much alcohol can lead to health problems. But not everyone knows that one of those health problems may be cancer.

Study: Weight Lifting Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Stay Healthy

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have found that weight lifting can help breast cancer survivors keep the physical fitness they need to perform everyday activities and live independently.

Sitting Too Much Increases Cancer Risk in Women

Researchers from the American Cancer Society have found that women who spend 6 hours or more of free time sitting per day have a 10% greater risk of getting cancer than women who spend less than 3 hours of free time sitting per day.

Study: Hormone Drug Preserves Fertility in Breast Cancer Patients Getting Chemotherapy

Breast cancer patients taking part in an international study were less likely to go through early menopause and more likely to become pregnant and give birth if they took the drug Zoladex (goserelin) during chemotherapy.

FDA Approves Ibrance (Palbociclib) for Breast Cancer

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug for women with a certain type of breast cancer that has metastasized – spread to other parts of the body.

Making Decisions About Breast Cancer Surgery

Most women with breast cancer have some type of surgery as part of their treatment. They often have choices to make about the type of surgery they will undergo.

Get Moving to Help Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

Engaging in regular exercise is good for you for many reasons, and one of them is to lower your risk of getting breast cancer.

How Your Weight Affects Your Risk of Breast Cancer

For women, being overweight or obese after menopause increases the risk of breast cancer .

Reach To Recovery Marks 45 Years of Supporting Women With Breast Cancer

For many women diagnosed with breast cancer, Reach To Recovery is a ray of hope during a dark time. This year marks the program’s 45th anniversary with the American Cancer Society.

For Breast Cancer Survivors, Life is Better With Yoga

For women with breast cancer, research shows those who practice yoga have less stress and fatigue, and better quality of life.

Researchers Learn More About a Rare Genetic Mutation Linked to Breast Cancer

An international team of researchers has found that abnormal changes (mutations) to a gene called PALB2 increase the risk of breast cancer much more than previously thought.

Breast Cancer Screening with 3-D Technology Finds More Cancers

Researchers from several radiology centers across the US have found that 3-D mammograms have some advantages over standard digital mammograms, the kind most women receive for regular breast cancer screening.

Volunteers: Motivated to Help Others

Many cancer survivors are moved by their own experience to help others facing diagnosis and treatment. Find inspiration and hope in these stories of volunteers who are making a difference in the fight against cancer.

Canadian Study Questions Mammogram Screening; Findings Unlike Those of Other Studies

Canadian researchers have concluded a clinical trial that they say casts doubt on the value of annual screening mammograms for women ages 40 – 59.

FDA: Nipple Aspirate Test No Substitute for Mammogram

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting women and their doctors not to use nipple aspirate tests in place of mammograms or other tests that screen for or diagnose breast cancer.

Mammogram Controversy ‘Artificial,’ Study Says

Many experts are closer to agreement over the benefit of mammograms than they realize, according to research presented today at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

Everyday Ways to Boost Your Health After Breast Cancer

Many breast cancer survivors want to know what they can do to help improve their health after facing the disease. The good news is, there are a host of everyday habits that can help you stay healthier, feel better, and even reduce your risk for having cancer again in the future.

When Your Friend Has Breast Cancer

Even with cancer as an all-too-common household word, we are often unsure of what to say – or, equally important, what not to say – when someone we know is diagnosed with breast cancer.

Study Links Walking to Lower Breast Cancer Risk

Researchers from the American Cancer Society have found that walking at least 7 hours per week is associated with a 14% lower risk of developing breast cancer after menopause. This finding is consistent with many other studies that show regular exercise can help women lower their risk of breast cancer.

'Breast Cancer Journey' Empowers Women at All Stages of Disease

The American Cancer Society has updated its book for women with breast cancer to help them live better through every stage of the disease. It includes the latest advances in treatment, current guidance for coping with side effects, breast reconstruction options, family and relationship issues as well as expert advice to educate women with breast cancer about their disease and help them cope with the physical and emotional demands of treatment and recovery.

Report: Breast Cancer Death Rates Down 34% Since 1990

A new report from the American Cancer Society finds that death rates from breast cancer in the United States have dropped 34% since 1990. The findings are published in Breast Cancer Facts and Figures 2013-2014 and in Breast Cancer Statistics, 2013 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Read about the reports here.

FDA Approves Perjeta for Pre-Operative Breast Cancer

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the targeted drug Perjeta (pertuzumab) for certain women with early stage breast cancer before surgery. This is the first time the FDA has approved a drug for treatment of breast cancer before surgery.

Telling Your Child You Have Breast Cancer: 5 Things You Need To Know

There is no one “right way” to tell your kids you have cancer, but there are some things you can say to help relieve their fears and communicate what this diagnosis means for everyone.

Studies Show Cancer Survivors’ Physical and Emotional Problems Often Go Untreated

Cancer survivors don’t have to suffer through many of the physical and emotional side effects that often linger after treatment ends, researchers say.

Breast Cancer Radiation May Increase Risk of Heart Disease

A study by British researchers and colleagues has found that radiation for breast cancer slightly increases a woman’s risk for heart problems.

Study Links Smoking to Breast Cancer Risk

Researchers at the American Cancer Society have found an increased breast cancer risk among women who smoke, especially those who start smoking before they have their first child.

Study: More Young Women Being Diagnosed with Advanced Breast Cancer

An analysis of breast cancer trends in the US has found that new cases of advanced breast cancer are increasing among women ages 25 to 39.

FDA Approves New Treatment for Advanced Breast Cancer

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved Kadcyla (ado-trastuzumab emtansine) for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer that has spread from where it started (metastasized).

Experts Call for More Research on Breast Cancer and the Environment

A committee established by Congress is calling for more research to identify preventable causes of breast cancer.

FDA Approves Generic Version of Doxil to Address Shortage

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first generic version of the cancer drug Doxil (doxorubicin liposome).

Look and Feel Your Best During Cancer Treatment

Treatment for cancer may cause changes in your appearance that you may or may not have expected. These can include hair loss, fingernail changes, skin discoloration, weight gain, and weight loss.

Loss of Tumor Suppressor Genes Linked to DCIS Breast Cancer Progression in Study

Researchers have found that the combined loss of 2 tumor suppressor genes can help predict whether DCIS will progress into invasive breast cancer.

Delaying Treatment Increases Risks for Advanced Breast Cancer Patients

Researchers at Ohio State University have found that women who don’t receive treatment until 60 days after being diagnosed with more advanced breast cancer are at a significantly higher risk of dying.

Study: Ten Years of Tamoxifen Better than Five

A new study shows that taking tamoxifen for 10 years even further reduces the likelihood of recurrence and death from breast cancer.

Art Portrays Cancer Survivor’s Journey in New ACS Book

Author Sally Loughridge did not set out to write a book. The American Cancer Society book "Rad Art: A Journey Through Radiation Treatment" was her way of surviving radiation for breast cancer.

Understanding Hormone Therapy

Hormone therapies work with the natural properties of these substances to relieve symptoms and even fight diseases, including cancer.

Breast Cancer Discoveries on the Horizon

What if there was an easier way to find out whether a breast tumor was malignant? What if a weakness was found in triple-negative breast cancer? What if we knew how breast cancer spread to bone?

Stacy London Offers Style Tips for Women with Breast Cancer

Stacy London is known for making over dull wardrobes on TLC’s What Not to Wear. But she’s also using her fashion prowess to help women with cancer get their confidence back.

Your Body After Breast Cancer

Newlywed Sarah Lien didn’t want her husband seeing her bald. When they married two years earlier, the tips of her vibrant hair would brush against her face and tickle her healthy pink cheeks.

FDA Approves Perjeta to Treat Advanced Breast Cancer

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug, Perjeta (pertuzumab), to treat HER2-positive breast cancer that has metastasized (spread to other parts of the body).

New Treatment Controls Breast Cancer Growth in Study

Researchers have found that a new drug, trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1), worked better than the standard treatment for keeping a type of advanced breast cancer from worsening.

Cancer Can Be Treated During Pregnancy

When a pregnant woman is diagnosed with cancer, her treatment decisions are complicated by concern about how treatment may affect the baby’s health.

Stress and Memory Problems in Breast Cancer Patients

Researchers at the University of Missouri have found evidence that stress plays a role in cognitive problems in breast cancer patients.

Study Compares Different Types of Radiation for Breast Cancer

A study comparing a kind of brachytherapy to whole breast irradiation (WBI) found that women treated with brachytherapy were more likely to need more breast surgery later.

Breast Cancer Experts Outline Comprehensive Approach to Care

An international panel of breast cancer experts is recommending an approach to care that takes into account the wide range of physical problems faced by breast cancer patients and survivors.

Behavioral Therapy Eases Side-Effects from Breast Cancer Treatment

After breast cancer treatment, 65% to 85% of women experience hot flashes and night sweats – many of them severe enough to affect sleep, mood, and quality of life.

Drug Combinations Offer New Options for Advanced Breast Cancer

Several studies presented at the 2011 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) offer hope of new treatment options to women with advanced breast cancer.

Report: Breast Cancer Death Rates Decline, but More Slowly Among Poor

A new report from the American Cancer Society finds that deaths from breast cancer in the United States continue to decline steadily.

FDA Panel Votes to Reject Avastin for Breast Cancer

An advisory panel voted Wednesday to recommend that theFDA withdraw approval for bevacizumab (Avastin) to treat advanced breast cancer.