The 'Conversation Starters' is a series by iStudentNurse designed to promote discussions about life-saving awareness topics. Composed by a team of RNs, it draws upon the latest evidence-based research to provide a summary of the most crucial breast cancer awareness concepts. While designed as a lecture outline for nursing students, the Breast Cancer Awareness presentation is also of value to patients, survivors, and healthcare professionals. Topics addressed include: pathophysiology, etiology, epidemiology, risk factors, genetic testing/counseling, the 3 Tiers of Early Detection, screening and diagnostic methods, and treatment modalities (surgery, chemo, radiation, and endocrine therapy). The self-breast exam (SBE) is described step-by-step. Additionally, an example nursing care plan for a post-operative mastectomy is provided, which describes nursing diagnoses, interventions, and outcomes. Happy Student Nursing!