Understanding 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 the most prevalent cancer in the world today, with about 1.3 million people diagnosed annually. 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 global website of Susan G. Komen®, komen.org, offers comprehensive information about breast cancer risk factors, screening, diagnosis, treatment, metastatic breast cancer, survivorship and more. 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.

If you or someone you know are in need of local resources please contact the Komen Nevada office at 702-822-2324.



FACTS AND STATISTICS

Breast cancer basics, including warning signs, statistics and information for men with breast cancer. LEARN MORE

 

 


RISK FACTORS AND RISK REDUCTION

Factors that affect breast cancer risk and options for people at higher risk. LEARN MORE

 

 


SCREENING AND EARLY DETECTION

Breast cancer screening tests, when to get screened and what to do if you find a lump or change in your breast. LEARN MORE

 

 


DIAGNOSING BREAST CANCER

Getting a biopsy and understanding your diagnosis, including factors that affect your prognosis and guide treatment. LEARN MORE

 

 


TREATING BREAST CANCER

Types of treatment, side effects, how to get quality care and other issues related to treatment, including the importance of clinical trials. LEARN MORE

 

 


METASTATIC BREAST CANCER

Metastatic breast cancer treatment and care, including information about clinical trials, symptom management and supportive care, quality of life and support for you and your family. LEARN MORE

 


SURVIVORSHIP TOPICS

Common concerns and issues for those living with breast cancer. LEARN MORE

 

 


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Resources to help with prescription drug and other medical costs as well as transportation, lodging, child care and elder care. LEARN MORE

 


SUPPORT

Information on support groups and other types of social support. LEARN MORE

 

 


TOOLS AND RESOURCES

Information about our Breast Care Helpline, Clinical Trial Information Helpline and Treatment Assistance Program, as well as our educational materials and interactive resources. LEARN MORE