Breast cancer starts when some cells in the breast grow out of control
Breast cancer starts when some cells in the breast begin to grow uncontrollably. These cells form a tumor or mass. If the tumor is cancerous (malignant) the cells grow further and invade surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to other areas of the body. All cancers start by uncontrolled growth of some cells.
Most lumps in the breast are cancerous?
No need to panic as most breast lumps are not cancerous. Many women have lumps caused by fluid-filled sacs or by a buildup of scar-like tissue. If you observe a lump or mass that is painless, hard, and if it has rough edges are more likely to be cancer. Always see your healthcare provider as soon as you notice anything different.
Benign tumors in the breast are capable of metastasis
As benign tumors are not cancerous, the question of metastasis doesn’t arise. Benign tumors don’t grow out of control like malignant tumors.
The spread of cancer is called as _____________ in medical terminology
Metastasis is the medical term for cancer that spreads to a different part of the body from where it started. Cancer spreads through the blood or lymphatic systems typically to the bones, liver, and lungs.
Which is the best way to find breast cancer early?
Mammograms are used as a screening tool to detect early breast cancer in women experiencing no symptoms. Regular mammograms lower your chances of dying from the disease. The American Cancer Society says most women should get one every year after age 45. The amount of radiation used is very small. Though it can be uncomfortable, the test won’t harm you.
Men can get breast cancer.
Approximately 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Men should not ignore breast lumps and should get any breast changes checked. Still, breast cancer is about 100 times more common in women than men, with more than 230,000 women diagnosed in each year.
Do doctors recommend breast self-exams (BSE) once per year?
Earlier, the recommendation was to perform breast self-examination (BSE) once a month, not now. The current recommendation is to be familiar with your breast, so that you can recognize any mass, lump, bump, or any changes in your breast.
Which is the most common type of breast cancer?
Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC), also known as Infiltrating ductal carcinoma is most common type of breast cancer. This cancer grows in the milk ducts and can invade fatty tissue of the breast outside the milk ducts. About 80% of breast cancers are invasive ductal carcinomas.
You can get breast cancer even if it doesn’t run in your family.
More than 85% of the women were diagnosed with breast cancer who have no family history of the breast cancer. But having a relative with breast cancer does increase your risk and other factors such as age, being overweight, alcohol use, and hormone therapy after menopause can also increase your risk of developing breast cancer.
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