Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. The tumor is malignant (cancer) if the cells can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body. Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get breast cancer, too. Breast cancers can start from different parts of the breast. Most breast cancers begin in the ducts that carry milk to the nipple (ductal cancers). Some start in the glands that make breast milk (lobular cancers). There are also other types of breast cancer that are less common.About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12.4%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,960 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.Risk factors include:Getting older.Genetic mutations.Early menstrual period.Late or no pregnancy.Starting menopause after age 55.Not being physically active.Being overweight or obese after menopause.Having dense breasts.Using combination hormone therapy.Taking oral contraceptives (birth control pills).Personal history of breast cancer.Personal history of certain non-cancerous breast diseases.Family history of breast cancer.Previous treatment using radiation therapy.Women who took the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES).Drinking alcohol.Metastatic breast cancer, or stage 4 breast cancer, is the spread of breast cancer to non-adjacent parts of the body, most commonly to the bones, liver, lungs and/or brain.100% of breast cancer deaths occur because of metastasis, and almost 100% of people whose breast cancer has metastasized will die from it.Heightened awareness, early detection through screening, improved treatment methods and increased access to breast health services, people have a greater chance of survival than ever before. The support of family, friends and colleagues can be helpful for those going through breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and beyond. Some people living with breast cancer benefit from involvement in support groups, which can help in the recovery process by offering information, emotional support and an additional support network. Health care facilities and other organizations throughout the Komen Missouri service area host breast cancer support groups for those living with breast cancer, along with support groups for family members and friends of those with breast cancer. Everyone has different needs, so it’s important to find a healthy support system that works best for you. Talking to a patient navigator is a good way to find a support group that fits your needs.Awareness groups of breast cancer in my community area:Antioch Baptist Church/The Mustard SeedCentennial Christian ChurchBreast Cancer Support Group – Cancer Support Communityhttp://www.cancersupportstl.org/SupportGroups/tabid/85/Default.aspxBreast Cancer Support Group – The Right Solution CounselingBreast Cancer Support Group – St. Anthony’s Medical CenterBreast Cancer Support Group for Deaf and Hard of HearingGirls’ Night Out Support Group – SSM St. Mary’s Health CenterWomen Supporting Women – SSM St. Clare Health CenterSiteman Cancer Center’s Young Women’s Breast Cancer ProgramWashington University West Campus Conference CenterST. CHARLES COUNTYBreast Cancer Support Group – SSM St. Joseph Health CenterLife After Breast Cancer Support Group – SSM St. Joseph Medical ParkSSM St. Joseph Hospital WestCommunity Education RoomJEFFERSON COUNTYBreast Cancer Support Group – Jefferson Memorial HospitalILLINOISLife After Breast Cancer – St. Elizabeth’s HospitalThe type of services the support group offer:* Risk ReductionMany factors are linked to breast cancer risk. Some factors increase risk a great deal and others by only a small amount. There are some risk factors that you can’t change.Understanding which factors may affect your risk can help you partner with your health care provider to address any concerns you may have and can also help you develop a breast cancer screening plan that is right for you. You can learn more about the myths and truths surrounding risk factors at* Imagining and /screeningYou may be eligible for a breast cancer screening at no cost if you:Are at least 40 years of ageHave a family historyHave limited incomeHave limited or no insurance* Insurance and financial assistanceReferrals to self-help services and resources regarding insurance concerns and financial assistance* Treatment and clinical trialsLocate a clinical trial near you* Medication AssistanceInformation and resources to assist cancer patients help pay for prescription medication.* LegalResources for free legal advice for people and families affected by cancer.* LodgingSupportive services for families receiving medical care away from home.* TransportationTransportation assistance at free or low cost.* Prostheses, Wigs and accessoriesStores provide private fittings, along with a wide range of styles for wigs, bras and prostheses.* Nutrition, Exercise and survivorshipFitness and nutrition programs and other support services for cancer survivors and patients in any stage of treatment or recovery.* Support Groups:Information and support for persons living with cancer and their caregivers. Groups explore issues related to cancer diagnosis, coping skills and support for emotional changes and challenges.- For caregiersTools, resources and guidance to help organize the community of people who want to help a loved one in any stage of treatment or recovery.- For childrenPrograms for children whose family is coping with chronic or life-threatening illness.- Metastatic breast cancer (also called stage IV or advanced breast cancer) has spread beyond the breast to other organs in the body (most often the bones, lungs, liver or brain). In the United States, most women with metastatic cancer develop it when the cancer returns at some point after their initial breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.