There are many fine websites that deal with the topic of breast cancer. Some are extremely good, some are very clinical by nature, and others are downright awful. When you test the waters of the internet, you'll probably become overwhelmed (like we were), and so we've gathered informational links for your convenience. These are the websites that other women have used to help take the mystery out of their breast cancer.
Men get breast cancer, too! Please click here for more information about male breast cancer.
Topics can range from: Who gets cancer? What are the myths of breast cancer? Is my family history important? Is my age important? Do my eating habits make me at risk for breast cancer? Does taking birth control have any effect? Is a breast cancer diagnosis a death sentence? If breast cancer doesn't run in my family, then can I still get it? I have diabetes and breast cancer, what now? And the questions are too numerous to post here, but you get the idea.
You will find these topics with links: Resources and Links
Ethnic Cancer Issues
Illustrations of Breast Cancer
Images of Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer: Immune System
Making Decisions While Emotional
Breast Cancer Topics
Minority Women’s Health
Breast Cancer Guide
Breast Cancer in the Workplace
Staging + Illustrations
Diabetics and Breast Cancer
Types of Cancer + Metastatic
Every Woman’s Guide to BC
Women’s Health Care Forum
Family Health Issues
Articles of Interest to Read
Lesbian Cancer Issues:
The Gay & Lesbian Center of Los Angeles (Support Group)
Call for information: 323-860-7340 group meets Wednesdays
6 - 7:30PM at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza -
You should be aware that breast lumps arenít the only possible sign of breast cancer, and that most breast lumps are not cancer.
Breast Cancer Sypmtoms:
Breast cancer usually has no symptoms in the early stages.
When a tumor begins to develop, you may see or feel some of the following:
A bump/lump in the breast or underarm, even after your menstrual cycle; often the first apparent symptom of breast cancer, breast lumps are painless, although some may cause a prickly sensation. You should know that breast lumps can usually be visible on a mammogram long before they can be seen or felt.
Swelling in the armpit area, be aware.
Although bumps/lumps are usually painless, pain or tenderness in the breast can be a sign of breast cancer, so be aware.
Any noticeable flattening or indentation on the breast, which could indicate a tumor - one that cannot be seen or felt.
Any change in the size, shape, texture, or temperature of the breast; especially a reddish or pitted (surface like the skin of an orange) could be signs of advanced breast cancer - be aware.
Any change in the nipple raea: an indrawn or dimpled look, an itching or burning sensation, or ulceration of the nipple area; or scaling of the nipple is a sign of Paget's disease. (see below)
Any unusual discharge from the nipple that may be clear, bloody, or another color. This is usually caused by benign conditions, but could be due to cancer in some cases, so be aware.
Any marble-like area under the skin, be aware.
Any area that is at all different from any other area on either breast, be aware.
Call Your Doctor If:
One or both breasts develop an abnormal lump or are continually painful, or look or feel abnormal. The cause often is something other than cancer but should be identified, so be aware.
You have swollen lymph glands in your armpits. Any such swelling could be associated with cancer and you want to have this checked by your doctor.
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National Cancer Institute:
Time with your Doctor is always limited, and questions can always go unasked. If possible, please try to take somebody with you on your doctor visits. We hope these resources help you:
Questions to ask your Doctor:
When speaking with your Insurance Provider, please try to visit these resources for further information:
Questions to ask your Insurance Provider:
Patient Advocacy Resources:
Governmental Help -( FMLA ) During Chemo-Radiation-Recooperation
|Article of Interest:|
| I've Run Out of Words for OUTRAGE: The Assertive Cancer Patient |
Do breast implants interfere with mammograms?
Breast Implant Center
> How Breast Cancer Changed My Life: Oprah Magazine
Articles of Interest:
> New Genes, New Hope: You're Unique! by MAMM magazine
"Triple-Negative" Patients Are Biggest Unmet Need in Metastatic Breast Cancer"
> What I learned from breast cancer: Redbook Magazine 10/2008
> 38% of Breast Cancers May Be Preventable: WebMD
> Confusing Risk Information:
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center http://www.cancer.med.umich.edu/news/breast_cancer_treatment_choices08.shtml
> Breast Reconstruction Surgery: Cosmetic Procedure WebMD
> Treating Her2 + Breast Cancer: WebMD
Truncal Lymphedema: LymphNotes.com URGENT
Targeting the Triple Threat: Cure magazine
> How Breast Cancer Changed My Life: Oprah Magazine
| > Living Proof: Lifetime TV |
> Different Breast Cancers: Medical News Today
> Quality of Life During Breast Cancer: Medical News Today
> Treating HER2+ Breast Cancer: Medical News Today
> Christina Applegate (TV: Samantha Who?)
Inspiring interview & video on her breast cancer journey:
Breast Cancer Message Boards