October is Breast Cancer Awareness MonthBreast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. The American Cancer Society's estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2015 are:
- About 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
- About 60,290 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
- About 40,290 women will die from breast cancer.
Source: American Cancer Society (ACS): What are the key statistics about breast cancer?
Learn more about breast cancer survivorship, making treatment decisions and coping:
- Body Image Matters: Why it's important to prepare and understand how treatment can change your body
patient story: triple-negative breast cancer
- Sharing the Light: A breast cancer survivor finds peace of mind to reclaim her life
patient story: breast cancer
- Diagnosis, Pause, Decision: Slow down, get informed, start treatment
diagnosis, treatment, patient story: DCIS/non-invasive breast cancer
- Support Systems: One patient reflects upon what helped her most throughout cancer
patient story: invasive breast cancer
- One Doctor, Five Minutes, New Life: How an immediate connection with her medical oncologist changed one patient's outlook on treatment and life
patient story: breast cancer recurrence; treatment choices
- How genetic testing, precision medicine impact breast cancer treatment choices
diagnosis, screening, treatment
- Breast density and breast cancer risk
- What complementary therapies are helpful for breast cancer?