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October 2013 Spotlight - Breast Cancer

According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of women each year.

Screening and Early Detection

When detected while still in its earlier stages, breast cancer can be successfully treated. Early detection of breast cancer is maximized through a combined approach of routine mammograms, annual clinical breast examinations by a doctor or a nurse and monthly breast self-examinations.

It is important to take an active part in the early detection of breast cancer. Create an early detection plan or talk with your doctor about symptoms to watch for and an appropriate schedule of checkups.

Living with breast cancer

Living with breast cancer is difficult but not impossible. Give yourself permission to ask for help—even if it makes you feel a little uncomfortable. Help means different things to different people, so think about what it means to you. Take advantage of the communities to which you belong, take advantage of support groups and resources. Accepting support will give you energy to focus on your health and well-being. Hear real stories from real women.

Breast cancer in men?

While breast cancer is less common among men than among women, men still have breast tissue that can develop breast cancer. For men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. The American Cancer Society estimates about 2,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer in men will be diagnosed in 2013. Click here to learn more.

Resources

  • Visit the American Association for Cancer Research for information on support groups for families and women or men diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Beyond The Shock is a free, comprehensive, online guide to understanding breast cancer. 
  • Living Beyond Cancer (LBBC) was founded in 1991 by radiation oncologist Marisa C. Weiss, MD, in response to a woman's need for breast-cancer-related information, connection and support after completing treatment. Today, LBBC has expanded to assist women at all stages of diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
  • Sign up for The American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Update - An electronic newsletter featuring new research and treatment breakthroughs, prevention and early detection tips and guidelines.

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