Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, excluding skin cancer. About 13 percent of U.S. women (1 in 8) will develop breast cancer during their lifetimes. The American Cancer Society's estimates1 for breast cancer in the United States for 2021 are:
In the U.S. today there are more than 3.8 million breast cancer survivors (this includes both those in currently in treatment and those who have completed treatment).
Because women have the highest rates of breast cancer, awareness campaigns and education have traditionally had a strongly gendered focus. However, breast cancer does not only affect women. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2021 the U.S. will see about 2,650 new cases of breast cancer in men, and about 530 men will die from the disease.2
Further, it is important that breast cancer screening, education, resources, and services be inclusive of all who may be at risk, including those who are often marginalized or excluded such as transgendered and nonbinary individuals.3
Although Increasing knowledge of the biology of breast cancer has yielded tremendous progress including identification of breast cancer subtypes, molecular biomarkers, and targeted therapies, not all breast cancer patient populations have benefited equally from these advances. Some groups, in particular, African American women, experience significant disparities in outcomes and mortality rates.4
In the U.S., the breast cancer mortality rate in African American women is about 40% higher than that of White women. The breast cancer incidence rate in African American women under the age of 40 is higher than for any other racial or ethnic group in the U.S. African American women are at increased risk for triple negative breast cancer—an aggressive subtype, and African American men experience an increased incidence of male breast cancer. 5, 6
Digital Resource Library
This online resource bank features curated webinars, articles, blogs, and tools to help close communication, education, and information gaps for patients and providers. Search by topic, resource type, point of care, or by the effective practices identified in the ACCC Metastatic Breast Cancer project workbook—then share these nationally available, free resources with your patients.
Effective Principles & Practices in Patient Support Workbook (Part I)
Designed to spur constructive dialogue, this workbook is a guide to help identify effective tools and resources for supporting this patient population. It identifies six effective practice principles as a framework to highlight where and how cancer programs can offer support and resources to metastatic breast cancer patients.
Effective Principles in Action Publication (Part II)
Building on principles to reframe the patient-provider conversation identified in the MBC Workbook, this publication explores how three differently structured cancer programs are creating and evolving approaches to implementing these principles.
Leveraging Telehealth Solutions to Provide Supportive Services to Patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer
ACCC held a series of focus groups to learn how cancer programs are effectively implementing telehealth to man-age symptoms and treatment side effects, deliver psychosocial screening and support services, and provide genetic counseling and testing.
Multidisciplinary Team Communication: Survey Highlights
ACCC conducted a survey of over 86 unique cancer programs that measured progress and assessed areas for continued improvement in caring for patients with metastatic disease.
Successful Delivery of Services Through Telehealth: A Focus on Symptom Management, Psychological Health, and Genetic Counseling in Metastatic Breast Cancer
ACCC members share how they are successfully implementing telehealth to manage symptoms and treatment side effects, deliver psychosocial screening and support services, and provide genetic counseling and testing.
Read how these ACCC Cancer Program Members have developed innovative programs to provide efficient, quality care to their patients with breast cancer.
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Genetic counselors—as members of the cancer care team—can help patients better understand their cancer diagnosis, make informed treatment decisions, and navigate the financial costs of testing.
Laura Holmes Haddad shares how her battle with breast cancer changed her perception of the resources available to younger adults with cancer, and what cancer programs can do to meet their needs.
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Addressing Challenges in Oral Therapies for HR+, HER2- Breast Cancer
Eliminating Disparities in Access to Quality Cancer Care in African American Women with Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Making Sense of the Evolving Standards of Care for Advanced HER2+ Breast Cancer
Managing Patients with HER2+ Breast Cancer
Multidisciplinary Metastatic Breast Cancer Care
Quality Improvement in Breast Cancer Through BRCA Testing