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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. The American cancer society estimates that in 2002 about 192,200 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in the U.S. alone. Breast cancer also occurs in men. An estimated 1,500 cases will be diagnosed among men. In 2002, there will be about 40,600 deaths from breast cancer in the United States.
What is breast cancer? Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that has developed from cells of the breast. To make it easier I’ll put it this way. When the body needs new cells they will divide or reproduce. Sometimes the cells grow and divide out of control, which creates a mass
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Look for…
· A mass or lump, that feels as small as a pea
· A blood stained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple.
· Redness on the skin on the breast or nipple.
· A marble like hardened area under the skin.
· A change in the size, shape or contour of the breast.
· A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple.
· An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast.
There are many Types of breast cancer. The most common types of breast cancer are Infiltration Ductal Carcinoma, this is when the cancer starts in the milk ducts of the breast. Then it breaks through the wall of the duct and invades the fatty tissue of the breasts. This is the most common form of breast cancer. Ductal carcinoma in situ is ductal carcinoma in its earliest stage. In situ it means that the cancer hasn’t spread beyond its original point. This meaning that the disease is left in the milk ducts and has not invaded nearby breast tissue. If it is left untreated it may became invasive cancer. It is almost always curable. Another kind of cancer is Infiltration Lobular Carcinoma. This cancer begins in the lobules of the breast where the breast milk is
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