Breast Cancer Quotes and Sayings

Welcome to our Breast Cancer Quotes website.  Thousands of women around the world are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

Breast Cancer Quotes

If you are a breast cancer survivor or patient or you have a family member or friend who is, then hopefully these breast cancer quotes will help you find inspiration and additional strength to deal with breast cancer.  Breast cancer quotes in other categories are available above.

Remember to get regular breast exams and to talk your doctor about any concerns you have with your breast health.

Breast Cancer Quotes

The breast cancer quotes are below.  The author name or source of the breast cancer quotes are in bold italics.


To people everywhere after suffering a breast cancer scare, “Stop searching for rainbows, be the rainbow.”

-Skye Thomas

Women agonize… over cancer; we take as a personal threat the lump in every friend’s breast.

-Martha Weinman Lear Heartsounds

The use of tamoxifen can prevent breast cancer in patients who have no evidence of breast cancer but are at high risk of getting it.
-Bernard Fisher

Someone told me my chemo symptoms sounded like a really bad hangover! Their suggestion that Gatorade was good for hangovers led to my drinking gallons of it, which helped steady that queasy shakiness.
-Jane Vaughan

There’s practically nothing on breast cancer patients, and we think that’s a terrible loss.
-Diana Zuckerman

On the whole, the use of estrogen with progestin HRT does not appear to be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in middle-aged women.
-Fred Hutchinson

I remember when you couldn’t even say breast, let alone breast cancer. Women did not say those words. That has changed quite a bit.
-Fran Visco

You can never be assured of removing all breast tissue. But it is a huge reduction in breast cancer.
-Emily Harris

When we take a look at the budget for the National Institutes of Health at $28 billion, it is, candidly, scandalous that with our resources, our resource capability, research capability in biomedical science, that people are still dying of breast cancer or colon cancer or heart disease.
-Arlen Specter

Every woman needs to know the facts. And the fact is, when it comes to breast cancer, every woman is at risk.
-Debbie Wasserman Schultz

During chemo, you’re more tired than you’ve ever been. It’s like a cloud passing over the sun, and suddenly you’re out. You don’t know how you’ll answer the door when your groceries are delivered. But you also find that you’re stronger than you’ve ever been. You’re clear. Your mortality is at optimal distance, not up so close that it obscures everything else, but close enough to give you depth perception. Previously, it has taken you weeks, months, or years to discover the meaning of an experience. Now it’s instantaneous.
-Melissa Bank

Cancer has been unfortunately in my life. My mom’s best friend is kicking ass in her battle with breast cancer. Both of my grandmas had cancer. I recently lost a friend to cancer.
-Marla Sokoloff

I didn’t know anything about breast cancer when I got it.
-Rue McClanahan

I do a lot of races for the cure for breast cancer.
-Mary Ann Mobley

I do like the ocean wave, actually. I’m born under the sign of Cancer – the sign of the crab – so I like coastal areas and sunny beaches and such – although not the wide-open and deep seas.
-Anjelica Huston

I have been extremely lucky; I am a person who is currently living with a cancer that is under control.
-Geraldine Ferraro

I have to admit, like so many women, I always knew there was a chance. But like so many women, I never thought it would be me. I never thought I’d hear those devastating words: ‘You have breast cancer.’
-Debbie Wasserman Schultz

I was actually very pleased that they let me do it, because I feel very deeply for breast cancer survivors. I don’t have it, but it is in my family. I’ve always been very aware of it. I go for mammograms and checkups.
-Erika Slezak

Well, right now, technically, I have no breast cancer.
-Lynn Redgrave

Stress is a large problem, especially in the westernized world, and this study may help us understand some of the mechanisms behind breast cancer and how stress actually affects breast-cancer risk, … Further, some women may partly blame their own stressful lifestyle when diagnosed with breast cancer. Hopefully, this and other studies may counteract such reactions.
-Rod Nielsen

More Breast Cancer Quotes

Think about breast cancer. It can take seven years for breast cells to go from pre-cancerous to cancer, to a cancer that’s palpable. So these results may simply be too early.
-Dr. Carolyn Runowicz

Breast cancer is the disease that, for a long time, women feared the most. In this country, we’re so focused on physical looks. We tie the issue of femininity to physical appearance, and people think primarily of breast cancer that threatens your breasts — though those who have it realize, more significantly, that it threatens your life.
-Fran Visco

When I had breast cancer, I did not have a support group to go and talk to people who have had breast cancer.
-Nancy Bolin

Breast cancer is never diagnosed until you’re an adult, so something is happening over the course of women’s lives. I don’t want to wait until my 7-year-old daughter has grown up before we have definitive proof that all these chemicals are causing breast cancer or other illnesses.
-Lisa Wanzor

Now I’ve got a little piece of her with me wherever I go. It’s something that’s important to me, being a breast cancer survivor. I want to remind all the females in my family how important it is to be aware of breast cancer.
-Kathy Seligman

When companies put pink ribbons on their products, they’re no longer just selling a sweater or a watch — they’re selling the expectation that buying their product is going to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. But the ‘portion of the proceeds’ that goes to breast cancer is all too often minuscule in comparison.
-Barbara Brenner

[The proliferation of pink ribbons] to some extent puts a happy face on breast cancer, … We think breast cancer is taken care of, but that is so very far from the truth.
-Fran Visco

Conventional wisdom suggests women really don’t need to worry about mammograms or breast cancer until they’re 40 or unless there’s a family history. But statistics tell us that 85 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history, which is why it’s so important for all women to start asking for and getting a high-quality CBE every year.
-Christine McDonald

Women with breast cancer almost universally die from it within 10 years if they don’t get treated, … It’s quite different with prostate cancer. Many, if not most, men will live over 10 years with prostate cancer.
-Harmon Eyre

Anna was doing her monthly breast examine and found something. She went to the doctor and that’s honestly what saved her life for a while. If she’d caught it earlier, who knows. I can’t stress getting an exam enough. They just should not be dying this young. Women should not be dying of breast cancer at age 56.
-Kathy Johnston

The take-home message is that this study gives us a more definitive reason that breast-feeding is one way to reduce risk of breast cancer.
-Fred Hutchinson

Our long-term hope is that eventually it may be possible to develop a blood test to identify women at high risk for breast cancer so that measures can be developed to prevent the cancer from occurring or to identify it early enough when it is more readily treatable.
-William Blot

We do have fairly high rates of screening for breast cancer and cervical cancer. I think that is having a very positive impact on mortality rates for those diseases.
-Elizabeth Ward

…breast cancer will strike one in eight American women in their lifetime.
-Cedric F. Garland

African-American women who develop breast cancer are more likely to die from the disease than White women of the same age. Survival rates are worse among African-Americans for colon, prostate and ovarian cancers as well.
-Cedric F. Garland

what affects prostate cancer may also have implications for breast cancer as well.
-Dean Ornish

If you get breast cancer it is because you’re biologically vulnerable.
-David Spiegel

the day I found out, the day I got my mammogram and the doctor told me I had breast cancer, it was mid-November.
-Victoria Gotti

This day is the only celebration that anybody does for survivors of breast cancer. It shows people who are newly diagnosed that there is hope because we have been here for years.
-Marie Perniciaro

We need to take into account that Asian women are more physically active, drink less alcohol, have children earlier, and their entire diet is different from Western women, all of which decrease their breast cancer risk.
-Bruce Trock

It’s called ‘pinkwashing,’ … You say you care about people’s lives but you’re doing things that make them sick at the same time. We’re saying clean up your products or stop saying you care about breast cancer.
-Barbara Brenner

It’s important to catch the disease early. If you catch breast cancer in the early stages, the survival rate is 98 percent.
-Sandy Grushesky

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I wasn’t sick. I felt fine and that’s the scary part. When I started the treatments I felt sick.
-Yuman Donna Phipps

The mechanisms behind the observed lower risk of breast cancer among stressed women remain unknown
-Rod Nielsen

Like so many other health conditions, the burden of breast cancer seems to fall more heavily on women of color
-Thomas Menino

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