Cancer that forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk), is called Breast Cancer.
Breast cancer can occur in both men and women, although incidents of male breast cancer are much are less common. It is thought that around 10% of women in the West will be affected by breast cancer at some point during their lifetime.
Although early detection of breast cancer has improved somewhat, it remains that around 20% of women with breast cancer will die from the disease. Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer that causes death among women.
The probability of breast cancer rises with age, but breast cancer tends to be more aggressive when it occurs in younger women. Most cases of breast cancer occur in the over 50s and those who have been through menopause.
A form of cancer that occurs more in younger women (although rare) is inflammatory breast cancer. This is where the breasts become inflamed and is due to a blockage in small lymph channels in the breast.
It can be difficult to spot because a lump does not appear and therefore not often detected by mammography or ultrasound. Inflammatory breast cancer is sometimes initially misdiagnosed as a breast infection like mastitis.
Other forms of breast cancer include Pagets Disease, DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in Situ), LCIS (Lobular Carcinoma in Situ), Invasive Ductal and Invasive Lobular.
The most common symptoms of breast cancer may Include:-
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