Breast Cancer is a type of cancer that starts at the breast tissues, usually in the inner lining of the milk ducts (ductal carcinomas) or lobules (lobular carcinomas) that supply ducts with milk. There are both invasive and noninvasive forms of breast cancer; ductal carcinomas is usually a noninvasive form of breast cancer, since the cancer has not spread to other parts of the body. However, lobular carcinoma is a sign that the cancer has in fact spread to other parts of the breast, which increases the risk of invasive cancer.

Breast cancer can affect both women and men, although the overwhelming majority occurs in women. It is one of the most common cancers in women in the United States, as it comprises of nearly one fourth of all female cancer cases and causes up to 14 percent of cancer deaths in women. The survival rates for breast cancer vary, depending on the stage the cancer is diagnosed.

For women who are able to be diagnosed early, during stage 0 and 1, chances of survival are very high.

For those wanting to learn more about breast cancer, the following compendium of links acts as informative guides and includes links to organizations and support groups.


Overview (including Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment)


Research


Publications/Journals


Agencies, Organizations


Support, Events