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Breast Cancer Awareness

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 182,400 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer each year, while 40,480 women will lose their lives to this disease. Breast cancer will affect one of every eight American women in their lifetime.

The good news is that there are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, and the number of new breast cancer cases has declined in the early years of the 21st century.

Breast Cancer Survivor Stories

After Four Years of Bad News, Cautious Optimism for Breast Cancer Survivor

Despite a harrowing health crisis in the past four years, the Sugar Land, Texas, wife and mother of two young boys is quick to laugh about aspects of her extensive treatment for triple-negative metastatic breast cancer.

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Q&A: New Treatment for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Early findings from Phase I and Phase II clinical trials using a new class of drug to treat patients with triple-negative breast cancer are showing promising results. Jennifer Litton, M.D., assistant professor in MD Anderson's Department of Breast Medical Oncology, answers questions about this new drug and why it is helping women with this aggressive type of breast cancer.

People Profile: Mary Issa Zwald When Mary Issa Zwald was diagnosed with breast cancer, she never spent time asking, “Why me?” Instead, she prepared herself for the battle ahead, waiting for what she calls the “black cloud” to pass.

Painting the Town Pink

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Survivor Cathy Williams paints pink ribbons on storefront windows to raise funds for breast cancer research.

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Breast Cancer Prevention

How often you should get tested for breast cancer depends on your chances for getting the disease.

Having one or more risks for breast cancer does not mean you will definitely get the disease. It means that you may be more likely to get breast cancer. If you are at increased risk for breast cancer, you may need to start screening exams at an earlier age, get additional tests or be tested more often.

MD Anderson Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines - Cancer Newsline Podcast

What to Expect at Your First Mammogram
Learn what to expect during this important breast cancer screening test.

Video What to expect at your first Mammogram

Pomegranates May Help Prevent Breast Cancer
Pomegranate seeds produce a chemical known as ellagic acid. This chemical inhibits the estrogen-producing enzyme, aromatase, which plays a key role in breast cancer growth.

New Guidance for Decisions on Preventive Breast Surgery
Contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, a preventive procedure to remove the unaffected breast in patients with disease in the other breast, may only offer a survival benefit to a subgroup of breast cancer patients

Lumpy or Dense: Your "Breast" Defense
What does your breast type say about your cancer risk? Quite a bit, says Therese Bevers, M.D., medical director of MD Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center.
Read more about  Breast Cancer Prevention in Focused on Health 


Breast Cancer Research

UT MD Anderson Study Finds Women with Both Triple Negative Breast Cancer and BRCA Mutations Have Lower Risk of Recurrence 9/29/10

UT MD Anderson Study Finds Women Treated for Breast Cancer While Pregnant Have Improved Survival 9/29/10

Study Shifts Assessment of Certain Breast Cancer Patients

Some Breast Cancers Discovered at Younger Age

Study Finds Higher Survival Rate at every stage of Breast Cancer

MD Anderson Study Finds Increases in Five, 10-year Survival at Every Stage of Breast Cancer Over Six Decades 9/29/10


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