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  Breast Cancer Resources & Web Links

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States, and the leading overall cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55. What causes breast cancer is a mystery and there is no cure. The National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO) estimates that 182,800 new cases of female invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year, and 40,800 women will die. Check out breast cancer resources and Web links.

There are several known risk factors for breast cancer. They include a family history of the disease, a woman who has never had children or had her first child after age 30, and if a woman had radiation therapy for Hodgkin's disease. But NABCO estimates that more than 70 percent of cases occur in women with no known risk factors.

Breast cancer can be detected at an early stage in women age 40 and older. Regular mammography screening has greatly contibuted to the breast cancer survival rate. Breast cancer can be treated effectively if detected early with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and/or hormonal therapy. The current five-year survival rate after treatment for early-stage breast cancer in the U.S. is 96 percent.

National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations - A coalition of more than 370 organizations that provide breast cancer detection, treatment, and care to thousands of women. This site provides information on clinical trials, a resource router to cancer information resources on the Internet, and links to local breast cancer support groups.

National Breast Cancer Coalition - This organization focuses on three main goals in the fight against breast cancer: increasing cancer research, increasing access for all women to quality treatment and clinical trials, and increasing the influence of women living with breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Answers - A service of the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center, providing accurate and up-to-date information from reliable sources on breast cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, stage, and treatment. - A comprehensive cancer information Web site - Created for patients and their loved ones with the aim of being a community resource and complete source for the latest news, research, and information on prevention, detection, and treatment.

Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization - Committed to providing information and support to anyone who has been touched by breast cancer. Y-ME was founded by two breast cancer patients in 1978, when they realized that their needs for information and support could best be met by women who had also experienced breast cancer.

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