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About Breast Cancer

No matter who you are or where you live, breast cancer may touch your life. The About Breast Cancer section of this website has the latest information on breast cancer risk factors, screening, diagnosis, treatment, metastatic breast cancer, survivorship and more.

Facts and Statistics

Facts and Statistics

Learn about breast cancer basics, including warning signs, statistics and information for women and men with breast cancer.

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Risk Factors and Risk Reduction

Risk Factors and Risk Reduction

Learn about breast cancer risk factors and options for people at higher risk.

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Screening and Early Detection

Screening and Early Detection

Learn about breast cancer screening tests, when to get screened and what to do if you find a lump or change in your breast.

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Diagnosing Breast Cancer

Diagnosing Breast Cancer

Learn about biopsies and understanding your breast cancer diagnosis, including factors that affect prognosis and guide treatment.  

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Treating Breast Cancer

Treating Breast Cancer

Learn about the types of treatment, side effects, how to get quality care and other issues related to treatment, including the importance of clinical trials.

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Metastatic Breast Cancer

Metastatic Breast Cancer

Learn about metastatic breast cancer treatment and care, including information about clinical trials, symptom management, quality of life and support for you and your family.

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Survivorship Topics

Survivorship Topics

Read about common concerns and issues for those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

Find resources to help with prescription drug costs and other medical costs as well as transportation, lodging, and child and elder care.

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Support

Support

Get information on support groups and other types of social support.

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Tools and Resources

Tools and Resources

Find information about our Breast Care Helpline, Clinical Trial Information Helpline and Komen Treatment Assistance Program, as well as our educational materials and interactive resources.

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The content within the About Breast Cancer section was co-developed with Harvard Medical School faculty and Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center staff. The content reflects the current body of scientific knowledge on a topic. We look at the consistency of the research from large studies (done with people) reported in reputable, peer-reviewed journals.