Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast tissue divide and grow without normal control. It is a widespread and random disease, striking women and men of all ages and races. It is estimated that more than 1.6 million new cases of breast cancer occurred among women worldwide in 2010. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, and at this time, there is no cure.

But there is hope. Thanks to heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before.

The Susan G. Komen® national website, www.komen.org, offers comprehensive information about breast cancer risk factors, early detection and screening, diagnosis and treatment. Developed in conjunction with the Harvard School of Public Health, the site offers a one-stop resource for all the latest information on the disease.

You can learn more about breast cancer and the steps you can take to protect yourself through our Breast Cancer 101 class, offered in person and online.  Making sense of the ever-changing world of breast cancer can be very overwhelming. Komen Columbus navigators can provide support, answer questions and connect you to medical care, whether you have insurance and aren’t sure where to go, or are uninsured and need financial assistance.

Other resources for you:

Questions to Ask the Doctor

Educational Materials to print on-demand

Treatment navigation tool and interactive learning tool