Posted July 15, 2021

By Zoë Christopher, Program Officer & Operations Manager

Our latest resource, What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer, provides our unbiased, patient-centered take on the basics of breast cancer, free from industry influence.

We’ve recently updated this indispensable guide. It provides an overview of the screening, diagnosis, and treatment topics that you’ll encounter, whether you’re a newly diagnosed person, a family member or caretaker, or the loved one of a person with breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among people assigned female sex at birth in the U.S. — we are all affected by breast cancer in one way or another.

Download and share Breast Cancer Action’s What You Need To Know About Breast Cancer resource.

A new breast cancer diagnosis can come with the stress of navigating our broken healthcare system, trying to find your footing in a sea of medical jargon, and figuring out which resources you can actually trust and depend on. This is why we have updated this necessary resource, What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer, which is part of our Toolkit to Navigate Breast Cancer.

Here’s some of what this independent, foundational resource covers:

  • An overview of the different biological subtypes of breast cancer
  • A contextualization and translation of the science of breast cancer screening, treatment, and research that is patient-centered
  • A summary of risk factors, including environmental links to increased breast cancer risk
  • Breast Cancer Action’s straight-talk and honest take that never paternalizes or hides the social injustices and harsh realities of this disease

For more than 30 years as a radical, grassroots organization, we’ve provided accurate and evidence-based free resources like What You Need To Know About Breast Cancer.

Download your copy and share it with a friend or loved one. Although we don’t give medical advice, we are here to give you evidence-based information you can trust when you and those you love are affected by this disease. And if you have questions or need information, you can reach out to me for additional information and resource services at or 415.243.9301.