Breast Cancer : Cancer And Cancer

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“Cancer” is the name for a group of diseases that start in the body at the cellular level. Even though there are many different kinds of cancer, they all begin with abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. These abnormal cells lump together to form a mass of tissue or “malignant tumor”. Malignant means that it can spread to other parts of the body or Metastasize . If the breast is the original location of the cancer growth or malignant tumor, the tumor is called breast cancer. (American Cancer Society, 2014, as cited in cbcf.org) Breast cancer is a complex disease that will affect around 1 in 9 Canadian women during their lifespan. According to the latest statistics, it is found that around…show more content…
Ductal carcinoma is when the cells that line the milk ducts have changed to look like cancer cells. The difference between Ductal carcinoma and an invasive cancer is that the cells have not spread outside the walls of the ducts to the surrounding breast tissue. Because it hasn’t invaded, Ductal carcinoma can’t spread or metastasize outside the breast to the rest of the body. DCIS has no signs or symptoms and usually can’t be felt with a routine breast examination. Sometimes, a lump may be found or there might be discharge coming from the nipple. One of the ways to find it early is by having a mammogram done. (American Cancer Society, 2014., National Cancer Institute, 2014., Breastcancer.org, 2014., Canadian Cancer Society, 2014. As cited in cbcf.org) http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/detailedguide/breast-cancer-breast-cancer-types Invasive ductal carcinoma is the most common type of breast cancer. Invasive ductal carcinoma starts in one of the milk ducts in the breast, spreads through the wall of the duct and into the fatty tissue of the breast. Once it has spread outside the duct it is possible to spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system and blood stream. Some signs and symptoms of invasive ductal carcinoma can include: a lump in the breast tissue or armpit area, redness, thickening, irritation or dimpling, breast pain and or swelling, and nipple changes and or discharge. (American Cancer Society, 2014., National Cancer
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