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Breast Cancer Breast Cancer is a women’s breast that is made up of glands that make breast milk (called lobules), ducts (small tubes that carry milk from the lobules to the nipple), fatty and connective tissue, blood vessels, and lymph (pronounced limf) vessels. Most breast cancers begin in the cells that line the ducts (ductal cancer), some begin in the lobules (lobular cancer), and a small number start in other tissues. There are two main types of breast cancer. Ductal carcinoma starts in the tubes (ducts) that move milk from the breast to the nipple. Most breast cancers are of this type. And you have, Lobular carcinoma that starts in the parts of the breast, called lobules, that produce milk. Breast cancer may be invasive or noninvasive. Invasive means it has spread from the milk duct or lobule to other tissues in the breast. Noninvasive means it has not yet invaded other breast tissue. Noninvasive breast cancer is called "in situ." Many breast cancers are sensitive to the hormone estrogen. This means that estrogen causes the breast cancer tumor to grow. Such cancers have estrogen receptors on the surface of their cells. They are called estrogen receptor-positive cancer or ER-positive cancer. Some women have what's called HER2-positive breast cancer. HER2 refers to a gene that helps cells grow, divide, and repair themselves. When cells (including cancer cells) have too many copies of this gene, they grow faster. Experts think that women with HER2-positive breast cancer have a more aggressive disease and a higher risk that the disease will return (recur) than women who do not have this type. Your risk of developing breast cancer increases as you get older. Most advanced breast cancer cases are found in women over age 50. Women are 100 times more likely to get breast cancer than men. You may also have a higher risk for breast cancer if you have a close relative who has had breast, uterine, ovarian, or colon cancer. About 20 - 30% of women with breast cancer have a family history of the disease.
Also, Women who got their periods early (before age 12) or went through menopause late (after age 55) have an increased risk for breast cancer. Women who have never had children or who had them only after age 30 have an increased risk for breast cancer. Being pregnant more than once or becoming pregnant at an early age reduces your risk of breast cancer. Drinking more than 1 - 2 glasses of alcohol a day may increase your risk for breast cancer. These are the many ways that Women and Men can get Breast Cancer. Yes, Men can also get Breast Cancer, but it is not as likely for a man to get it compared to a woman.
Symptoms include breast lump and breast pain and tenderness. Symptoms of advanced breast cancer may include, Bone pain, Breast pain or discomfort, Skin ulcers, Swelling of one arm (next to the breast with cancer), and Weight loss.
I am devastated by seeing that many women have to go through this because It is Physically, mentally, and emotionally painful . This also scares all women because they have a chance to get it if they do any of the causes above in my article. This can also scare men because they get but it is not as popular, but men still have a chance. This type of cancer is very common with women, and it is possibly deadly depending on how bad the cancer is.
To understand breast cancer, it helps to know something about the normal structure or parts of the breasts.
A woman's breast is made up of glands that make breast milk (called lobules), ducts (small tubes that carry milk from the lobules to the nipple), fatty and connective tissue, blood vessels, and lymph (pronounced limf) vessels. Most breast cancers begin in the cells that line the ducts (ductal cancer), some begin in the lobules (lobular