Breast cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer in women. Although breast cancer is usually found in women, it can affect men, too. About 200,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and more than 40,000 men and women will die from the disease. However, breast cancer death rates are declining due largely to early detection and improved treatments.
Whether you have a family history of breast cancer, are facing breast cancer for the first time, or are a breast cancer survivor -- you are not alone. There are many resources and support groups available to help you cope and share your experiences as well as offer information on preventing and treating this disease.
Here are links to some additional resources:
American Cancer Society on Breast Cancer: The American Cancer Society on Breast Cancer is a national organization that provides more information on the risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer. It also provides a list of support groups within your state.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure: Susan G. Komen for the Cure is a national network of survivors and activists that raises awareness through fundraising events for research with the ultimate goal of finding a cure for breast cancer.
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation: The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation is a national organization that provides information and expert advice on women's health issues, including breast cancer.
National Cancer Institute: The National Cancer Institute is a government organization that provides educational material on prevention and treatment options for breast cancer, as well as information on clinical trials. The NIH is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE) is a nonprofit organization that builds a community of individuals with a high risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer due to hereditary genetic mutations.
Breast Cancer Network of Strength: Breast Cancer Network of Strength is an online community of breast cancer patients and survivors that offers support and provides a venue to share experiences.
Breastcancer.org: Breastcancer.org is a nonprofit organization that serves as an online informational resource. Breastcancer.org connects with its web users by discussing the latest research news and answering questions through online conferences.