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Every woman is at risk for breast cancer (and many men as well).

The cause of breast cancer is still unknown so the key to survival is early detection.

Breast cancer can be detected in many ways with a biopsy being the definitive test.

BSE (breast self-examination) is one of the best tools to use in detecting breast cancer. Learn to know what your breasts look like and feel like. Check them at the same time each month and if you notice anything different in the way they look or feel, call your doctor.

Many, if not most, cancers are found by the woman herself, or her partner. Ask your partner to tell you if a lump or something that feels "different" is discovered. This is no time for false modesty.

Each year at your annual OB/GYN exam (you do go every year, don't you?), ask your doctor or nurse practitioner to perform a clinical breast examination.

Many doctors won't schedule mammograms for patients until after a certain age (usually 40 or 50). Breast cancer, however, is being diagnosed in younger women all the time, so if you have a condition that worries you check it out. Check your insurance coverage to see if mammograms are covered at your age. If they are not be aware that you may have to pay for it yourself.

Breast cancer can be treated in many ways. Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of any of these.

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer read through the materials in our resource section and learn as much as you can about your diagnosis before you agree to a treatment plan. Don't put off medical care, but do take the time to investigate.

Read the list of questions to ask so you'll be prepared to talk with your medical team.

Those who are at high risk for developing breast cancer may wish to seek out additional information.  One site which provides support for women at high risk, for families with increased risk, and helps women find resources to determine if they are at high risk for breast (and ovarian) cancer is FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered.

There can be good quality of life after a breast cancer diagnosis. Our authors are breast cancer survivors, one for more than 30 years! Should you have any  questions please contact us .

If you are thinking of reconstruction after breast cancer surgery you might want to take a look at these sites. This site includes a personal journal and photos. Pat's Site .

United States first Breast Cancer Treatment License Plate The first license plate in the United States to raise funds for breast cancer treatment for the uninsured and underinsured is available in California. License plate applications are available for purchase on the Internet at ,   J.D. Power Clubs' , and at this site 

Tamoxifen is much in the news as a breast cancer treatment as well as a preventative. As with all treatments, it is not without its risks. The US Breast Cancer Prevention Trial (BCPT) that evaluated tamoxifen maintains a site on which information on the study is posted A listing of tamoxifen's side effects can be found at and the home page of the pharmaceutical company which produces tamoxifen displays several clinical studies done with tamoxifen.  For additional links on Tamoxifen see our links page.

There are numerous breast cancer support groups on-line and you may find them by doing a search on your browser. Here are a couple we particularly like:

The Breast Cancer Discussion Group
An unmoderated list open to researchers, physicians, patients, family and friends for the discussion of any issue relating to breast cancer. There are about 700 participants from almost 30 countries around the world. Subscribe by sending an e-mail to:   LISTSERV@MORGAN.UCS.MUN.CA with nothing in the subject line and the following in the message text area: 
SUBSCRIBE BREAST-CANCER yourfirstname yourlastname

Spanish Language Breast Cancer Discussion Group
A list open to the same group as above but primarily for those who are more comfortable communicating in Spanish. Subscribe by sending an e-mail to: CANCER-DE-MAMA-REQUEST@LISTSERV.ACOR.ORG

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