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Breast Cancer

  • Posted: 09/26/2012

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About This Booklet

This National Cancer Institute (NCI) booklet is for you—a woman who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer.

This booklet is about medical care for women with breast cancer. Learning about medical care for breast cancer can help you take an active part in making choices about your care.

You can read this booklet from front to back. Or, you can read only the sections you need right now.

This booklet has lists of questions that you may want to ask your doctor. Many people find it helpful to take a list of questions to a doctor visit. To help remember what your doctor says, you can take notes. You may also want to have a family member or friend go with you when you talk with the doctor—to take notes, ask questions, or just listen.

Breast cancer also develops in men. In 2013, more than 2,200 American men will learn they have breast cancer.

NCI's website has information about breast cancer in men at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/breast.

In addition, NCI's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) and at LiveHelp can answer questions about breast cancer in men.

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