Understanding Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the United States. According to the National Cancer Institute, among women who live to be 80, one in eight will develop breast cancer. In 2008, for example, 183,460 American women learned they had the disease.

The good news is that breast cancer awareness has never been greater. More women are getting screened regularly, learning how to reduce their risks, or being diagnosed earlier, when there’s the greatest hope for a full recovery.

In addition, greater advocacy for people with cancer and their loved ones has energized the field of breast cancer research. As a result, physicians and scientists understand more about the disease than ever before, leading to more effective treatments and prevention — and more hope for people with breast cancer.

Visit our partner site, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, to find more breast cancer information.

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