Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control. It is a widespread and random disease, striking women and men of all ages and races. It is the most prevalent cancer in the world today, with about 1.3 million people diagnosed annually. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, and at this time, there is no cure. But there is hope. Thanks to heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before.
A lot of changes occur in a woman's breasts during her lifetime, and it's important for her to understand which of those changes are normal and which are not. The first step to doing this is to become familiar with the structure of the breasts and how they function. This section of Understanding Breast Cancer provides key facts about breast health and introduces the topic of cancer and other breast diseases.
Understanding Breast Cancer
Making sense of the ever-changing world of breast cancer can be overwhelming. Are you newly diagnosed with breast cancer or has a friend or loved one shared the news that they have breast cancer? Have you heard some news about a new treatment and have questions about it? Or are you just looking for some information about breast cancer? Consider this your one-stop resource for the latest information on breast cancer risk factors, early detection and screening, diagnosis, treatment and support. Plus you’ll find the latest on complementary therapies, life after treatment, quality medical care and much more! The Understanding Breast Cancer Guide provides an overview of the entire Understanding Breast Cancer section to give you quick access to areas of particular interest.
The Harvard School of Public Health
The Understanding Breast Cancer section was co-developed with the Harvard School of Public Health, the site offers a one-stop resource for all the latest information on the disease.