Breast cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the breast. Normally, the cells of the breast divide in a regulated manner. If cells keep dividing when new cells are not needed, a mass of tissue forms. This mass is called a tumor. A tumor can be benign or malignant.
A benign tumor is not cancer and will not spread to other parts of the body. A malignant tumor is cancer. Cancer cells divide and damage tissue around them. They can enter the bloodstream and spread to other parts of the body. This can be life-threatening.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer found in women; it is estimated that over 182,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the US in 2008. Although the majority of breast cancer cases occur in women, men can develop it as well; approximately...
Early breast cancer usually does not cause physical pain, and symptoms may not initially be noticeable. As the cancer grows, it can cause changes that include the symptoms mentioned below.
Your practitioner should discuss with you your medical history, including any family history of breast cancer. Your breasts will be examined for characteristic symptoms, including lumps or thickening, nipple discharge or inversion, redness or changes in the skin or contour of the breast. Read more about the preventive screenings for breast cancer.
If breast cancer is suspected, the tests listed below may be preformed.
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