Many factors can influence your breast cancer risk. Most women who develop breast cancer do not have any known risk factors or a history of the disease in their families

Breast Cancer and Mesothelioma...Breast cancer and mesothelioma may not initially seem to have much in common. One is most common in women and is the second leading type of cancer in women, while the other is rare and most often seen in men. Researchers..https://mesothelioma.net/breast-cancer-mesothelioma/

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A drink a day tied to higher breast cancer risk, report says...

Researchers have long known that having one too many cocktails might be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Now, a new report from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research reveals...http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/23

White women have the highest incidence of breast cancer. Black women have shown an increase in incidence rates and continue to have the highest death rate and shortest survival rate of any racial and ethnic group in the U.S. 

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Every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer is a disease in which certain cells in the breast become abnormal and multiply uncontrollably to form a malignant tumor. The tumor is malignant (cancer) if the cells can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.

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Breast Cancer Deaths Increasing for Black Women...Researchers have known for years that African-American women die of breast cancer at higher rates than white women. Now a new study finds that the rates vary from city to city and the disparity is getting worse...http://www.webmd.com/2016/10/03

Different people have different symptoms of breast cancer. Some people do not have any signs or symptoms at all. It is important to be aware of your body and any changes that may occur

Breast cancer screening means checking a woman's breasts for cancer before there are signs or symptoms of the disease (Wikipedia).


Mammogram

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast that is done to screen for breast cancer and to investigate lumps that can be felt during a breast exam. A mammogram can also detect tumors or abnormal areas that are too small to be felt with the hands.

Clinical Breast Exam (CBE)
Clinical breast examinations are used along with mammograms to check women for breast cancer.A clinical breast exam is an examination by a doctor or nurse, who uses his or her hands to feel for lumps or other changes.

Breast Self-Awareness
Being familiar with how your breasts look and feel can help you notice symptoms such as lumps, pain, or changes in size that may be of concern. A breast self-exam involves checking your breasts for lumps or changes. You should report any changes that you notice to your doctor or health care provider.

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​A woman born today has about a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during her life (National Cancer Institute). ​​Although breast cancer research and treatments has resulted in significant advances, there is much work to be done to protect women from the threat of this disease. 

Breast cancer incidence and mortality rates are rising among African-American women. ​​The disparity between breast cancer death rates for black and white women in Atlanta is greater than in any other major city in the U.S.(
Georgia Department of Public Human Resources, Division of Public Health).

We provide outreach and support services focused on prevention, the importance of early detection, and survival of breast cancer to decrease the onset and negative impacts of cancer in Georgia communities.​​

Coping with the emotional toll of breast cancer...

Surviving cancer can take an emotional toll. Survivorship comes with a tangled host of emotions, from joy and relief to even fear and guilt. After a battle with breast cancer, your emotions may seem strange or uncomfortable but are often completely normal. It’s common to ...http://www.pjstar.com/special/20170505

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