Educational Materials

Susan G. Komen® Central Tennessee is happy to provide free downloadable education materials for you to provide at your upcoming events. These can be saved to your computer in a PDF form and are in a form that allows them to be ready for print. If you are not able to download and print these materials, please contact us at info@komencentraltennessee.org or at 615-383-0017.

Breast Self-Awareness Messages

The signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women. It is important to know how your breasts normally look and feel. If you notice any change, see a health care provider.

  • Breast Cancer: Your Guide to Breast Self-Awareness (video) View Video
  • Breast Self-Awareness Messages (card) View PDF
  • Breast Self-Awareness Messages for African-Americans (card) View PDF
  • Breast Self-Awareness Messages (horizontal poster) View PDF
  • Breast Self-Awareness Messages (vertical poster) View PDF

Understanding Breast Health and Breast Cancer

Many changes will occur in your breasts during your lifetime. Learning about breast anatomy and how the breasts function can help you understand which changes are normal and which are not. Learn about breast cancer and other breast conditions.

  • Benign Breast Conditions View PDF
  • Breast Health (bookmark) View PDF
  • Breast Health: Learn the Facts View PDF
  • Racial & Ethnic Differences (tri-fold brochure) View PDF

Risk Factors and Risk Education

There are many factors linked to breast cancer. The two most common are: being a woman and getting older. We’ve learned a lot about risk factors, but we still don’t understand what causes breast cancer to develop at a certain time in a certain person. It’s likely a combination of factors. Although there are things you can do to manage your risk, no one has control over whether he or she gets breast cancer.

  • Breast Cancer & Risk (tri-fold brochure) View PDF
  • Breast Density View PDF
  • Breast Density (poster) View PDF
  • Genetics & Breast Cancer View PDF
  • How Hormones Affect Breast Cancer View PDF
  • Healthy Living (tri-fold brochure) View PDF
  • Risk Lowering Options for Women at Higher Risk of Breast Cancer View PDF

Screening and Detection

Regular screening tests can reduce your chance of dying from breast cancer. Screening tests can find breast cancer early – when the chances of survival are highest.

  • Breast Cancer Screening and Follow-Up Tests (tri-fold brochure) View PDF
  • Mammography (card) View PDF

Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Breast cancer is often first suspected when a lump or a change in the breast is found. Or perhaps, an abnormal area was seen on your mammogram. Most of the time, these findings don’t turn out to be cancer. But the only way to know for sure is through follow-up tests. We offer several materials to help guide you through the journey ahead.

Breast Cancer Treatment

The goal of treating early breast cancer is to get rid of the cancer and keep it from coming back. Treatment for early breast cancer includes some combination of surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and targeted therapy. These treatments are designed to remove the cancer from the breast and destroy any cancer that might still be in the body.

  • Breast Cancer Surgery View PDF
  • Breast Reconstruction & Prosthesis After Mastectomy View PDF
  • Clinical Trials View PDF
  • Diet & Nutrition During Treatment View PDF
  • Hormone Therapy for Early Breast Cancer View PDF
  • Making Breast Cancer Treatment Decisions View PDF
  • Targeted Therapies View PDF

Survivorship / Living with Breast Cancer

There are a lot of things to consider during and after treatment. No matter where you are in your treatment, listen to your body and have regular follow-up visits with your doctor.

Support after Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Being diagnosed with breast cancer is never easy. You may be confused, shocked, sad, angry scared or all of the above. But no matter how you react to the news, your spirit is amazingly resilient.

Information for Specific Populations

Among women in the U.S., rates of breast cancer incidence (new cases) and mortality (death) vary by race and ethnicity.

African-American

  • African-American (bookmark) View PDF
  • African-American (poster set) View PDF
  • Breast Self-Awareness Messages (card) View PDF

Lesbians, Bisexual Women and Transgender People

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People View PDF

Men

  • Men Can Get Breast Cancer Too View PDF

Younger Women

  • Breast Cancer During Pregnancy View PDF
  • “I Know My Normal” (postcard) View PDF
  • Take Care of Yourself (poster) View PDF
  • Take Care of Yourself (tri-fold) View PDF

Women with Disabilities

  • Breast Cancer: Your Guide to Breast Self-Awareness in American Sign Language View Video
  • Women with Disabilities View PDF

Facts for Life

We recommend the Facts for Life fact sheets for people looking for in-depth information about breast cancer. Topics covered include: the breast and breast cancer, risk factors, diagnosis and staging, treatment, survivorship, integrative and complementary therapy, support, specific populations and resources.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

We have a series of Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Breast Cancer on a variety of breast cancer issues. You can print them and bring them with you to your next doctor’s appointment. Plenty of space is provided to jot down the answers to the questions. This series is a valuable resource for women who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer and who may be too overwhelmed to know where to start gathering information.

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