Breast Cancer General Information

(From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Breast cancer is a disease in which cells in the breast grow out of control. There are different kinds of breast cancer. The kind of breast cancer depends on which cells in the breast turn into cancer.

Breast cancer can begin in different parts of the breast. A breast is made up of three main parts: lobules, ducts, and connective tissue. The lobules are the glands that produce milk. The ducts are tubes that carry milk to the nipple. The connective tissue (which consists of fibrous and fatty tissue) surrounds and holds everything together. Most breast cancers begin in the ducts or lobules.

Many organizations publish information about breast cancer. Below are links that may be helpful:

About Breast Cancer

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Breast Cancer 101, Young Survival Coalition

Breast Cancer: Questions to Ask the Health Care Team

I am Recently Diagnosed

Just Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

5 Things Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Patients Should Know

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Breast Cancer

Treatment of Breast Cancer by Stage

The Power of a Health Care Advocate

Where to Begin with a New Breast Cancer Diagnosis