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Decision Aid for Breast Cancer in Women

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about decisions for breast cancer?

You can work with your healthcare provider to make decisions about being screened or treated for breast cancer. Screening is a test done to find cancer early. Screening is different from diagnosis because screening is used before you first start to have signs or symptoms. This may mean management or treatment can start early. You can also help plan treatment if cancer is found or if you develop it later on.

What do I need to know about breast cancer?

How is screening done?

You may receive a combination of tests for screening. Some tests are less invasive than others. The following are the most common ways screening for breast cancer is done:

Am I a good candidate for breast cancer screening?

Screening may be helpful for you if any of the following is true:

What are the benefits and risks of screening?

Talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of screening:

What questions should I ask my healthcare provider to help me make decisions about screening?

What happens after I have screening?

How is breast cancer treated, and what are the benefits of treatment?

What are the risks of treatment?

What questions should I ask my healthcare provider to help me make decisions about treatment?

What do I need to think about to help me make decisions about treatment?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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