Breast cancer

About breast cancer

Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women. Doctors don't know exactly what causes it, but some things are known to increase the chance that you will get it, such as your age and health history.

Your best defense against breast cancer is maintaining a regular schedule of screenings with your healthcare provider. When breast cancer is detected early, more treatment options are available and patients have a better chance for survival.

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Risk and prevention

Understand what factors can increase and decrease your chance of breast cancer

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Signs and symptoms

Things you should be aware of when monitoring for breast cancer

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Detection and treatment

Learn how breast cancer is diagnosed and what you can expect

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Understanding breast cancer

How do I keep from getting breast cancer?

There is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. But regular preventive screenings help detect breast cancer at an early stage, when it is most treatable.

How does family history affect my risk of breast cancer?


The average woman has a small chance of getting breast cancer. But if someone in your family has had breast cancer, your chances of getting these cancers may be higher. If you have two or three relatives who have had these cancers, your chances may be even higher.


Do only women get breast cancer?

Most breast cancer is found in women. Men can also get breast cancer, but it is rare (less than 1% of all cases in the U.S.)

No one in my family has had breast cancer. Am I safe?

While a family history of breast cancer might increase your chances, all women are at risk. Schedule regular screenings with your care provider.