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Genetic Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Questions for the Doctor

If you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, use this list of questions to ask your doctor about genetic testing.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Get Tested for Breast Cancer

A mammogram along with a breast exam by your doctor or nurse can find breast cancer early.

Review Date: March 11, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Talk with a Doctor if Breast or Ovarian Cancer Runs in Your Family

If family members have had breast or ovarian cancer, you can take steps to reduce your risk. Genetic counseling and testing can help you make the best decisions about your health.

Review Date: June 14, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Toolkit

Find information and ideas on how to promote screening and early detection of breast cancer.

Review Date: March 08, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Breast Cancer Chemoprevention: Medicines that Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

If you are at high risk of breast cancer preventive medication, known as chemoprevention, may be an option for you. Several drugs now have official FDA approval to help protect high-risk women from getting breast cancer.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer

Answers to concerns most women have about tamoxifen -- what is it, how does it work and how would it benefit or adversely affect them.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

NIH National Cancer Institute

Mammograms: Questions and Answers

A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast and used to check for breast cancer. This page answers your questions about screening and diagnostic mammograms.

Review Date: September 13, 2011

NIH National Cancer Institute

What You Need To Know About™ Breast Cancer

This booklet has important information about breast cancer. You will read about possible causes, screening, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care. You will also find ideas about how to cope with the disease.

Review Date: February 28, 2011

NIH National Cancer Institute

Adjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer: Questions and Answers

Studies have shown that adjuvant therapy for breast cancer may increase the chance of long-term survival by preventing a recurrence. Learn more about it.

Review Date: March 21, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

BRCA1 and BRCA2: Cancer Risk and Genetic Testing

This fact sheet describes the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and related link to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Learn what to do if a person tests positive for one of these alterations, and the consequences of genetic testing.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is one of the most commonly occurring cancers among women, and can affect men as well. This reference summary will help you understand the diagnosis and treatment options of breast cancer. Watch this interactive tutorial or read the text.

Review Date: January 27, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Breast Cancer Early Detection Plan

You can take control of your healthcare by developing an early detection plan and encouraging others to do the same. Remember—early detection saves lives!

Review Date: October 30, 2014

National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

Breast Cancer Prevention: Lifestyle Factors That Can Reduce Risk

Breast cancer prevention starts with healthy habits — such as staying physically active, limiting alcohol and eating right.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Breast Cancer: Beyond the Shock®

Beyond The Shock® is an online resource for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, offering educational videos, an online community, questions and answers, and stories of hope.

Review Date: June 01, 2011

National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

Breast Cancer: Prevention

There are ways you can help lower your risk of breast cancer, such as keeping a healthy weight and physical activity routine.

Review Date: March 21, 2013

Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Breast Problems in Women

Answer questions on a flow chart that describe breast problems experienced by women--lumps, pain, discharge or skin problems that signal both minor and more serious problems. Follow the flow chart to learn about symptoms, diagnosis, and self-care.

Review Date: January 02, 2013

American Academy of Family Physicians

Cancer Treatment Decision Tools

Make an informed decision about your cancer treatment. Use this tool for a detailed analysis of your specific condition, statistical breakdown of treatment types, and pinpoint the exact topics you should discuss with your doctor.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

American Cancer Society

Find a Screening Provider Near You: National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

Search for free and low-cost screenings in your state—use the interactive map to find local contacts for breast and cervical cancer screening.

Review Date: July 13, 2011

Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Find an Interventional Radiologist

Search by state, region, institution, or area of expertise for an interventional radiologist.

Review Date: January 24, 2013

Society of Interventional Radiology

Force Community Support Groups

Find a state listing of FORCE outreach networks that offer peer support and resources to people affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Review Date: April 20, 2011

FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered

Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer: Psychological and Social Impact

Genetic testing to estimate breast and ovarian cancer risk may prompt many emotional and psychological reactions. How will getting the news that you've tested positive or negative affect you?

Review Date: January 26, 2012

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Low Vitamin D Levels and Breast Cancer Risk

Research suggests that women with low levels of vitamin D have a higher risk of breast cancer. Vitamin D may play a role in controlling normal breast cell growth and may be able to stop breast cancer cells from growing.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

breastcancer.org

Mastectomy

This page provides information about mastectomy, the removal of breast tissue to treat or prevent breast cancer. Learn about the different types of mastectomy, woman’s options for reconstruction, and potential risks with breast surgery.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered

Medicines to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

In women at increased risk of breast cancer, drugs such as tamoxifen and raloxifene have been shown to reduce the risk, but these drugs can have their own risks and side effects. Here you'll find information that can help you decide if taking one of these drugs is right for you.

Review Date: February 06, 2012

American Cancer Society

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program: Contact a Local Program

Choose a state, territory or American Indian/Alaska Native organization from the map provided. Find a complete list of program contacts here as well.

Review Date: January 30, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Directory of Breast Centers

Search the National Consortium of Breast Centers Directory to locate a breast center in your area.

Review Date: March 22, 2013

National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc.

National Directory of Breast Professionals

This site lets you search for breast professionals and centers in your area.

Review Date: March 22, 2013

National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc.

Native American Cancer Education for Survivors

The Native American Cancer Education for Survivors (NACES) program is designed to help improve the quality of life for Native American breast cancer survivors and those who care for them.

Review Date: February 09, 2011

National Indian Women's Health Resource Center

Preventive Mastectomy: Questions and Answers

This document discusses preventive mastectomy--a surgical procedure for the removal of one or both breasts to prevent or reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Review Date: July 23, 2012

NIH National Cancer Institute

Prophylactic Mastectomy: Breast Cancer Prevention for High-risk Women

Finding out you're at high risk of breast cancer leads to difficult questions and decisions. One such question is whether to have prophylactic (preventive) mastectomy — surgery to remove one or both breasts in hopes of preventing or reducing your risk of breast cancer.

Review Date: November 13, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

The Five Steps of a Breast Self-Exam

Examining your breasts is an important way to find breast cancer early, when it's most likely to be cured.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

breastcancer.org

Understanding Breast Changes: A Health Guide for Women

This document provides information about common breast changes that occur at various life stages and follow-up tests such as mammograms and biopsies. It helps women understand their screening results and emphasizes that not all breast changes are cancerous.

Review Date: March 02, 2011

NIH National Cancer Institute

What You Need To Know About™ Breast Cancer: Risk Factors

Doctors know that women with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop breast cancer. Learn how age, personal and family health history, alcohol consumption and other factors place women at greater risk.

Review Date: February 05, 2012

NIH National Cancer Institute

When You Discover a Lump- (PDF)

This brief, step-by-step guide will help you to understand the steps doctors take to distinguish a benign from a cancerous lump, including diagnostic mammography, ultrasound, MRI and biopsy.

Review Date: June 27, 2012

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Your Disease Risk: Breast Cancer

To estimate your risk of breast cancer and learn about ways to lower that risk, take a few minutes to answer some questions about your health, background, and lifestyle.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

Educational Institution--Follow the Resource URL for More Information