In the U.S., most people diagnosed with breast cancer will live for many years. Today, there are more than 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. (more than any other group of cancer survivors!) .
Read our blog, A Woman’s Role in Her Breast Cancer Care and hear from a patient advocate as she talks about her breast cancer diagnosis, the importance of talking to her doctor and how social support helped her cope.
At Susan G. Komen®, we view anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, a survivor, from the time of diagnosis through the end of life. The American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute use a similar definition [2,219]. We recognize though that not everyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer will identify with this term or see themselves as a survivor.
This section discusses the unique issues and concerns you may face and ways to deal with them.
Other Health Concerns
Complementary and Integrative Therapies
Stress, Fears and Concerns
You’re not alone
No matter how long ago you completed breast cancer treatment and no matter the struggles you face, there are likely other people who have been where you are today.
Sharing experiences and advice with other survivors may be helpful. We have a list of resources for finding local and online support groups. Your health care provider can also tell you how to find a local support group.
After treatment ends, there are many ways to stay active in the breast cancer community. Getting involved can be personally rewarding and can impact the lives of others.
SUSAN G. KOMEN® SUPPORT RESOURCES
How we’re helping
Thanks in part to Susan G. Komen®’s investment in research in early detection and treatment, breast cancer mortality (death) in women in the U.S. declined 41 percent from 1989-2018 .