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What is Breast Cancer?


Cancer begins with an alteration to the structure of the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) that is found in all human cells. This is known as a genetic mutation. The DNA provides the cells with a basic set of instructions, such as when to grow and reproduce.

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Also known as cancer - breast, cancer, breast, Breast Tumors, breast carcinoma, dcis, Breast Tumor, lcis
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CDC - Breast Cancer Home Page

CDC supports breast cancer surveillance and research, and provides free or low- cost mammograms to underserved women.

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Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool

Apr 28, 2008 ... An interactive tool designed by scientists at the National Cancer Institute and the NSABP to estimate a woman's risk of developing invasive ...

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BreastCancer.org - Breast Cancer Treatment Information and Pictures

Dec 15, 2009 ... Breast Cancer Information from a Nonprofit Organization.

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Breast Cancer

The main symptom of breast cancer is usually a lump or thickened area of tissue in your breast. Most breast lumps are found by the women who have them and it is very important to be aware of any lumps or changes in the appearance, feel or shape of your breasts. The sooner a cancerous lump is detected, the better the chances of treating it successfully.

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Susan G. Komen for the Cure | Understanding Breast Cancer ...

The place to go for all of your breast cancer questions. Are you newly diagnosed with breast cancer or has a loved one shared the news that they have breast ...

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Breast cancer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Breast cancer (malignant breast neoplasm) is cancer originating from breast tissue, most commonly from the inner lining of milk ducts or the lobules that ...

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Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Treatment - MD Anderson Cancer Center

Read about breast cancer and breast cancer prevention. Learn how to receive breast cancer treatment from MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a cancer that starts in the tissues of the breast. 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. Lobular carcinoma starts in parts of the breast, called lobules, that produce milk. In rare cases, breast cancer can start in other areas of the breast. Many breast cancers are sensitive to the hormone estrogen. This means that estrogen causes the breast cancer tumor to grow. Such cancer is 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 have too many copies of this gene, cells -- including cancer cells -- grow faster. Experts think that women with HER2-positive breast cancer have a more aggressive disease and a higher risk of recurrence than those who do not have this type.

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Breast cancer - Genetics Home Reference

Breast cancer is a disease in which certain cells in the breast become abnormal and multiply without control or order to form a tumor. ...

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Breast Cancer - Find Community, News, Updated Information on ...

Nov 22, 2010 ... Find information on breast cancer including symptoms, breast health, and breast cancer drugs and treatments. Join a community for breast ...

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Subscribe to our Living with cancer newsletter to stay up to date on cancer topics.

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Complications
Lymphoedema is a common complication of any surgery that involves the removal of lymph nodes, such as modified radical mastectomy.

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Coping and support
Subscribe to our Living with cancer newsletter to stay up to date on cancer topics.

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Diagnosis
Your GP will begin the diagnosis by making a careful visual examination of your breasts, while also looking for other possible signs of male breast cancer, such as swollen lymph nodes. It is likely that you will then be referred for further tests.

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Exams and Tests
The doctor will ask you about your symptoms and risk factors, and then perform a physical exam, which includes both breasts, armpits, and the neck and chest area. Additional tests may include: Mammography to help identify the breast lump; Breast MRI to help better identify the breast lump; Breast ultrasound to show whether the lump is solid or fluid-filled; Breast biopsy, needle aspiration, or breast lump removal to remove all or part of the breast lump for closer examination by a laboratory specialist; CT scan ; Sentinal lymph node biopsy ; PET scan

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Medical advice
Contact your health care provider for an appointment if:You have a breast or armpit lump; You have nipple discharge; Nipple discharge; Rash on the breast; New lumps in the breast; Swelling in the area; Pain, especially chest pain, abdominal pain, or bone pain

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Outlook (Prognosis)
New, improved treatments are helping persons with breast cancer live longer than ever before. However, even with treatment, breast cancer can spread to other parts of the body. Sometimes, cancer returns even after the entire tumor is removed and nearby lymph nodes are found to be cancer-free.

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Possible Complications
You may experience side effects or complications from cancer treatment. For example, radiation therapy may cause temporary swelling of the breast (lymphedema), and aches and pains around the area.

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Preparing for your appointment
Subscribe to our Living with cancer newsletter to stay up to date on cancer topics.

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Prevention
There is no guaranteed way of preventing male breast cancer, but early detection can help prevent the spread of cancer.

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Risk factors
Subscribe to our Living with cancer newsletter to stay up to date on cancer topics.

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Screening
The NHS Breast Screening Programme screens around 1.6 million women every year and saves an estimated 1,400 lives a year in England. Screening enables breast cancer to be found at an early stage, when there is a good chance of successful treatment and full recovery.

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Support Groups
Talking about your disease and treatment with others who share common experiences and problems can be helpful. See: Cancer support group

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Symptoms
Subscribe to our Living with cancer newsletter to stay up to date on cancer topics.

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Treatment
Many Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) operate multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) for the treatment of male breast cancer.

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