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If you would like to learn more about what to expect during any part of the breast cancer experience, from screening and diagnosis to treatment and reconstruction, our BC101 interactive tool may be here.
From mammography and diagnostic sites to support groups and transportation services, the following guide is designed to help you make more informed decisions about your breast health. Unless otherwise noted, the resources outlined here are offered in the Komen Columbus Affiliate’s 30-county service area.
Many factors are linked to breast cancer risk. Some factors increase risk a great deal and others by only a small amount. There are some risk factors that you can’t change. For example, the two most common risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and getting older. There are other factors that you may be able to control, for example, having a healthy lifestyle may help you lower your chances of getting breast cancer.
Understanding which factors may affect your risk can help you partner with your health care provider to address any concerns you may have and can also help you develop a breast cancer screening plan that is right for you. You can learn more about the myths and truths surrounding risk factors at
Imagining & Screening
You may be eligible for a breast cancer screening at no cost if you:
- Are at least 40 years of age
- Have a family history
- Have limited income
- Have limited or no insurance
Insurance and Financial Assistance
Referrals to self-help services and resources regarding insurance concerns and financial assistance
Treatment and Clinical Trials
Locate a clinical trial near you
Information and resources to assist cancer patients help pay for prescription medication.
Resources for free legal advice for people and families affected by cancer.
Supportive services for families receiving medical care away from home.
Transportation assistance at free or low cost.
Prostheses, Wigs & Accessories
Stores provide private fittings, along with a wide range of styles for wigs, bras and prostheses.
Nutrition, Exercise and Survivorship
Fitness and nutrition programs and other support services for cancer survivors and patients in any stage of treatment or recovery.
Information and support for persons living with cancer and their caregivers. Groups explore issues related to cancer diagnosis, coping skills and support for emotional changes and challenges.
Tools, resources and guidance to help organize the community of people who want to help a loved one in any stage of treatment or recovery.
Programs for children whose family is coping with chronic or life-threatening illness.
Metastatic Breast Cancer
Metastatic breast cancer (also called stage IV or advanced breast cancer) has spread beyond the breast to other organs in the body (most often the bones, lungs, liver or brain). In the United States, most women with metastatic cancer develop it when the cancer returns at some point after their initial breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.