Understanding Breast Cancer

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. The exact cause of the disease is unknown, and at this time, there is no cure.

Making sense of the complex world of breast cancer can be overwhelming. Whether you are facing a personal diagnosis or that of a friend or loved one, there are many steps you can take to help you better understand the many faces of this disease. Learn about your personal risk and ways to take an active role in your breast health. Read about being a survivor, or offering your support to a breast cancer survivor. Find local resources available to assist you. Becoming informed and empowered is the first step in battling this disease.

Early detection is our best weapon in the fight against breast cancer. Susan G. Komen recommends practicing Breast Self Awareness as listed below:

  • Know your risk. Knowing your risks regarding family health history and personal risk of breast cancer
  • Get Screened. The importance of screening and the screening guidelines based on age and risk factors
  • Know what is normal for you. Knowing what is normal for your body and what isn’t
  • Make healthy lifestyle choices. Research shows making healthy lifestyle choices can lower your risk

Click here for more detailed Breast Self-Awareness information from Komen Kansas City!

Click here to use our interactive tutorial to better understand the development of breast cancer, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment options.

Click here for a list of local resources in the Greater Kansas City area as well as outside of our service area in both Kansas & Missouri.

The Susan G. Komen® national website, 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.