BREAST CANCER
Description


 
  Symptoms
Axilla - lumps in lymph nodes Axilla - pain or discomfort  Breast - bloody discharge
Breast - heaviness Breast - nipple changes Breast - nipple itchiness
Breast - pain Breast - skin dimpling Breast - skin rash
Breast - skin redness Breast - swelling Breast - with lump(s)
  Description

Breast cancer, also called malignant breast neoplasm, is a type of cancer originating from breast tissue. Initially, breast cancer may not cause any symptoms. The overwhelming majority of cases in humans are women. Men can sometimes also develop breast cancer.

A tumor can be benign or malignant. Breast cancer is a malignant tumor (a collection of cancer cells) arising from the cells of the breast.

The causes of breast cancer are not yet fully known.

There are two main types of breast cancer:

   - Ductal carcinoma. It affects the ducts that move milk from the breast to the nipple. Most breast cancers are of this type. They can be in situ or invasive.

   - Lobular carcinoma, which starts in the lobules that produce milk.

Symptoms of non-cancerous conditions like infection or a cyst are similar to those of breast cancer.

The earliest breast cancers are detected by a mammogram (x-ray of the breast). Most types of breast cancer are easy to diagnose by microscopic analysis of the biopsy and lab exams.

Over time, cancer cells can invade nearby healthy breast tissue and get into the underarm lymph nodes.
  Diagnosis

The earliest breast cancers are detected by a mammogram (x-ray of the breast). Most types of breast cancer are easy to diagnose by microscopic analysis of the biopsy and lab exams.

  More information:
Breast Cancer Treatment
Breast Cancer Healthcare Centers
 

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