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. It is estimated that more than 1.6 million new cases of breast cancer occurred among women worldwide in 2010. 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.

The Susan G. Komen® national website, www.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.

Understanding Breast Cancer

The Understanding Breast Cancer Guide is a valuable resource if you:

  • Need clear and concise information about breast cancer
  • Have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer, or know someone who has breast cancer
  • Are looking for news about the latest research and treatments

The Harvard School of Public Health

The Understanding Breast Cancer section was co-developed with the Harvard School of Public Health. Please visit their website for more information about breast cancer.

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