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		    National Cancer Institute
                  National Institutes of Health
                     Revision made July 2000
                Federal Consumer Information Center

Breast cancer is hard to ignore. It is the most common form of cancer
among American women, and almost everyone knows at least one person who
has been treated for it.

Understandably, women are concerned about getting breast cancer, and
this concern prompts them to watch for breast changes. Breast changes
are common. Even though most are not cancer, they can be worrisome.
This information is designed to help you with these concerns. It
describes screening for the early detection of breast cancer, explains
the various types of breast changes that women experience, and outlines
methods that doctors use to distinguish between benign (noncancerous)
changes and cancer. It reviews factors that can increase a woman's
cancer risk and reports on current approaches to breast cancer

Please start at following web site for the information given below:

Table of Contents

Breast Cancer: Status Report

The Key: Early Detection


    Two Kinds of Mammography: Diagnostic and Screening
    What Are the Benefits of Screening Mammography?
    Who Benefits From Screening Mammography?
    Who Is at Average Risk for Breast Cancer?
    Who Is at Higher Than Average Risk for Breast Cancer?
    What Are the Limitations of Screening Mammography?
    How Mammograms Are Made
    Reading a Mammogram
    Reporting the Results
    Mammograms and Breast Implants
    Choose a Mammography Facility
    Schedule a Regular Mammogram

  Other Techniques for Detecting Breast Cancer

    Clinical Breast Exam
    CT Scanning
    Research on New Techniques
  Gene Testing for Breast Cancer Susceptibility
About Breast Lumps and Other Changes
  Types of Benign Breast Changes

    Generalized Breast Changes
    Solitary Lumps
    Nipple Discharge
    Infection and/or Inflammation
  Benign Breast Conditions and the Risk for Breast Cancer
  If You Find a Lump

    Clinical Evaluation
    Aspirating a Cyst

    Tissue Studies
    Deciding To Biopsy
    Biopsy: One Step or Two?

Prevention Research

Questions To Ask Your Doctor