An Introduction to Breast Cancer

What do you really know about breast cancer? Cover the basics with our guide to give you a better understanding of what breast cancer is, how it's identified, and what you can do for yourself and your community to stay happy and healthy.

We all know the numbers: one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and there are over three million breast cancer survivors living in the United States today. But what do you really know about breast cancer?

We understand the enormity of it all can be a little overwhelming, so we put together this guide to cover the basics and give you a better understanding of what breast cancer is, how it's identified, and what you can do for yourself and your community to stay happy and healthy.

As always, if you have any questions at all, PLEASE don't hesitate to e-mail us — we'll be more than happy to assist!

References:

  1. Rosen PP. Rosen's Breast Pathology. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001.
  2. Osborne MP and Boolbol SK. Chapter 1. Breast anatomy and development, in Harris JR, Lippman ME, Morrow M, Osborne CK. Diseases of the Breast, 4th edition. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2010.
  3. Smith RA, D'Orsi C, Newell MS. Chapter 11. Screening for breast cancer, in Harris JR, Lippman ME, Morrow M, Osborne CK. Diseases of the Breast, 4th edition. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2010.
  4. Dillon DA, Guidi AJ, Schnitt SJ. Chapter 28: Pathology of Invasive Breast Cancer, in Harris JR, Lippman ME, Morrow M, Osborne CK. Diseases of the Breast, 4th edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010.
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Breast cancer: Symptoms. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/basic_info/symptoms.htm, 2012.

* For a more comprehensive guide, please visit Breast Cancer Facts & Statistics, on Komen National's website

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