What Is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is a malignant (cancerous) tumor that starts from cells of the breast. The disease occurs mostly in women, but can also be found in men. As cells in your body divide, grow and die, sometimes they grow out of control. This growth forms a mass or lump called a tumor, which may be either benign or malignant.
Benign tumors are not cancerous, but they do need to be differentiated from malignant ones through evaluation.
Malignant tumors (cancerous) are made of abnormal cells that can invade nearby tissue and spread to other parts of your body. A malignant tumor that develops in the breast is called breast cancer.
Breast Screening Is Essential.
Routine breast screening helps detect changes early. The sooner a problem is found, the better your chances are for successful treatment. Experts recommend a baseline mammogram for women between the ages of 35 and 40. If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, i.e. mother or sister, talk with your health care provider about risk assessment. It is important for all women to have clinical breast exams done by a health care provider at least every three years starting at age 20 and every year after age 40 and to do breast self-exams once every month starting by age 20.
As reported by the American Cancer Society, other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer sometime during her lifetime is 1 in 8.
The good news is breast cancer death rates are going down because of early detection through yearly clinical exams and mammograms. Schedule your mammogram today!
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