According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in American women. Women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer more than any other type of cancer with the exception of skin cancer. However, the good news is that the number of new cases of breast cancer has decreased from 1999 to 2006, and deaths from breast cancer have decreased every year. Breast cancer also occurs in men, but the number of new cases is small.
Although many women fear cancer, most breast problems are not cancerous. Some of the more common breast conditions include: