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What is Breast Cancer?

Breast Cancer is a Malignant (Cancer) tumor that starts from the cells of the breast. It is mostly found in women but sometimes men (about 1%) are also effected by it. Here we will discuss only about women's breast cancer.

Breast cancer is always caused by a genetic abnormality or a mistake in the genatic material, Family history has long been known to be a risk factor for breast cancer. The risk is highest if the effected relative developed breast cancer at a young age or if she is a close relative such as a mother, sister, daughter, or aunt.

 

Risk Factors of Breast Cancer:

Following can be the risk factors for Breast Cancer:

* Above 35-40 years of age.

* Start menstruating at an early age.

* Late menopause or passing through this phase.

* Hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms.

* Relatives such as mother, sister, or aunts have experienced Breast Cancer

* Diagnosed and cured form Breast Cancer.

 

Breast Cancer Types:

There are many types of breast cancer, though some of them are very rare. Sometimes a breast tumor can be a mixture of these types.

Ductal Carcinoma in situ: or DCIS
This is the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer. This type shows that Cancer is only in the ducts. It has not spread into the tissue of the breast. Nearly all women with cancer at this stage can be cured. It can be easily detected by the Mammograms.
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Lobular Carcinoma in situ: or LCIS
This type begins in the milk-making glands but does not go through the wall of the lobules. Although not a true cancer, it increases a woman's risk of getting cancer later. For this reason, it's important that women effected by it make sure they have regular mammograms.
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Invasive (infiltrating) ductal carcinoma: or IDC
This is the most common breast cancer. It starts in a milk passage or duct, breaks through the wall of the duct, and invades the tissue of the breast. From there it may be able to spread to other parts of the body. 8 out of 10 females are effected by this type.

 

Invasive (infiltrating) lobular carcinoma: or ILC
This cancer starts in the milk glands or lobules. It can spread to other parts of the body. About 1 out of 10 breast cancers are of this type.

 

Inflammatory Breast Cancer: or IBC
It is a rare cancer, accounting for approximately 1% - 3% of all breast cancers. Inflammatory breast cancer causes the breast to appear swollen and inflamed. The inflammation occurs because the cancer cells block the lymphatic vessels in the skin of the breast. This causes a blockage in lymph flow leading to the reddened, inflamed appearance to the breast.In its early stages, inflammatory breast cancer is often mistaken for infection. Because there is no defined lump, it may not show up on a mammogram, which may make it even harder to catch it early. It usually has a higher chance of spreading and a worse outlook than invasive ductal or lobular cancer.
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