Understanding Breast Cancer Can Help You Deal with It

Understanding Breast Cancer Can Help You Deal with It
Journey_Toward_Pink_Path_Jessica_Grono Developing a good understanding of breast cancer can help you and your loved ones deal with it if you get a diagnosis. And chances of getting it aren't that remote. BreastCancer.org says about 12% of American women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer -- one that can spread. A little less than that will be diagnosed with non-invasive breast cancer. The cancer can affect men as well as women, by the way. In women, breast cancer develops in the areas of the breasts that produce milk -- the milk ducts or lobules. Breast cancer in the ducts, called ductal carcinoma, is the most common. Cancer in the lobules is called lobular carcinoma. Breast cancer tumors can show up on a mammogram, an ultrasound, or an MRI, or be detected in a self check-up. A malignant tumor can spread to other areas of the body, such as lymph nodes. Invasive breast cancer is one in which cancer cells break out from ducts or lobules. The cells go from there to other parts of the body and multiply. A non-invasive breast cancer is one that has yet to spread. Although the cancer cells are still in their original spot, they can eventually become invasive. Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in women globally, according to BreastCancer.org. In normal breasts there is a cycle of cell life, gr
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