Understanding Breast Cancer

Making sense of the complex world of breast cancer can be overwhelming. Whether you are facing a personal diagnosis or that of a friend or loved one, there are many steps you can take to help you better understand the many faces of this disease. Learn about your personal risk and ways to take an active role in your breast health. Read about being a survivor, or offering your support to a breast cancer survivor. Find local resources available to assist you. Becoming informed and empowered is the first step in understanding breast cancer.

Early detection is the best weapon in the fight against breast cancer. Susan G. Komen recommends practicing Breast Self Awareness as listed below:

  • Know your risk. Talk to your family to learn your health history. Talk to your provider about your personal risk of breast cancer.
  • Get Screened. Talk with your doctor about which screening tests are right for you.
  • Know what is normal for you. See your health care provider if you notice any changes in your breasts.
  • Make healthy lifestyle choices. Research shows making healthy lifestyle choices can lower your risk.

Click here to use our interactive tutorial to better understand the development of breast cancer, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment options.

Click here for a list of resources available in the Northeast Ohio.

If you or someone you know are in need of local resources, please contact us at (216) 292-2873 or info@komenneohio.org