About Breast Cancer

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. There is no cure for breast cancer, 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.

In 2012, it is estimated that there were more than 2.9 million women living in the US with a history of invasive breast cancer as on January 1, 2012 and an additional 226,870 women will be diagnosed. The median age at the time of breast cancer diagnosis is 61 years of age. About 20% of breast cancers occur among women younger than age 50 and about 40% occur in those older than 65 years. The treatment and prognosis for cancer depend on the stage at diagnosis, the biological characteristics of the tumor, and the age and heath of the patient. Overall, 60% of breast cancers are diagnosed at the localized stage. Screening for breast cancer with mammography detects many cancers before a lump can be felt and when they are more likely to be localized stage.

Changes That Should Be Reported Include:

Warning Signs

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure national website, komen.org, offers comprehensive information about breast cancer risk factors, early detection and screening, diagnosis and treatment. Developed in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health, the site offers a one-stop resource for all the latest information on the disease.