Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts. It is the second-most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States. There are different genetic factors that increase your risk of getting breast cancer, like your sex, age, race, and family history. Exercising, a healthy weight, and not smoking may help prevent breast cancer. For financial assistance with managing your condition, see our page on Free & Discounted Services.
For information on cancer screening, see our Cancer Screening page.
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These sites allow patients to discuss their experiences with illnesses, treatments, and other health matters. Any information or opinions posted are those of the forum users themselves and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.
Mobile apps and tools give you easy-to-use information and resources that can help you get and stay healthy. For tips on choosing apps, see How to Choose a Good Health App by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
The B4BC app teaches users how to perform a breast self-exam, sets monthly self-exam reminders, and links to wellness content. Free. iOS, Android.
This app lets users track symptoms, questions for doctors, medication details, and side effects. Free. iOS, Android.
Resources selected by Linda Johnsen, Independent-Chapel Hill.
Last reviewed January 17, 2023