What is Breast Cancer?
There are several types of breast cancer. Non-invasive breast cancer is found in the ducts of the breast and has not spread outside. It is usually found in a mammogram.
Invasive breast cancer has the ability to spread outside the breast, and accounts for 80% of all breast cancer. Other less common types of breast cancer include invasive lobular breast cancer, which develops in the cells that line the milk-producing lobules and inflammatory breast cancer.
How common is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. About 46,000 women get breast cancer in the UK each year. Most of them are over 50, but younger women, and in rare cases men, can also get breast cancer.
What are the symptoms of Breast Cancer?
The first symptom of breast cancer is a lump or area of thickened tissue in the breast. Other symptoms include a change in shape or size of the breast, discharge from the nipples, a lump or swelling in the armpits, dimpling of the skin, a rash on your nipple, and pain in the breast or armpit unrelated to your period.
How is Breast Cancer treated?
Breast cancer is treated with surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and biological therapy.
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