Today, millions of people are living with cancer or have had cancer. Their stories inspire family members, friends and others who marvel at the courage and spirit they exhibit during trying times.
Most women who get breast cancer have no family history of the disease or other risk factors. Breast cancer can occur at any age, but it becomes more common as a woman gets older. However, some women are at a slightly higher risk: women whose mothers or sisters had breast cancer, women who have never had children, and women who had their first child after age 30. The biggest risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and getting older.
The earlier breast cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat. To effectively deal with a cancer diagnosis, most people draw upon a wide range of personal characteristics - tenacity to battle the disease, hope and optimism to maintain a positive outlook and courage to face the difficult challenges that cancer might present.
The best treatment plan is determined by a range of factors — available specialists, proximity to a care center, research protocols, up-to-the-minute technology and support services.