Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer is cancer of the female breast tissue. Usually this is discovered as a breast lump, but there is a rare type of breast cancer without a lump called Inflammatory Breast Cancer. There are various non-cancerous causes of breast lumps, such as fibrocystic breasts. Note that male breast cancer ...

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Introduction: Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a group of diseases that affects breast tissue. Both women and men can get breast cancer, though it is much more common in women. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women ...1

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Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Warning signs of breast cancer can sometimes be seen or felt. Symptoms include a lump in the breast or armpit, breast pain, unusually firm breast skin, nipple discharge, or changes in the size or shape of the breast. Having one ...2

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Complications of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer that has spread from where it began in the ducts or lobules to surrounding tissue is called invasive breast cancer. ...Source: NCI (NIH)3 ...

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Causes of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer occurs when cells in the breast tissue become abnormal and grow in an uncontrolled way. There are various types of breast cancer—some slow-growing and others that are more aggressive. Currently, there is no known cause of ...4

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Causes List for Breast Cancer

Some possible causes of Breast Cancer or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Breast Cancer

“If you have a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, get evaluated by a genetic expert,” Brown recommends. One genetic test looks at the BRCA genes. Women with certain BRCA mutations have a greatly increased risk of developing ...6

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Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

Women who have newly diagnosed breast cancer should talk with their doctors about whether to undergo an MRI of the second breast. ...Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)7 ...

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Genetics of Breast Cancer

“If you have a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, get evaluated by a genetic expert,” Brown recommends. One genetic test looks at the BRCA genes. Women with certain BRCA mutations have a greatly increased risk of developing ...8

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Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

A woman’s risk of developing breast cancer rises as she gets older. Family and personal health history also affect her chances. Risk increases if a close relative has been diagnosed. Risk also goes up the longer a woman is ...9

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Treatments: Breast Cancer

Many with early stage breast cancer are advised to have chemotherapy in addition to other therapies, such as hormonal therapy. But some breast cancers don’t need to be treated with chemotherapy, which can be costly and have harsh side ...10

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Prevention of Breast Cancer

“Data shows an approximately 20% relative reduction in death for women who start getting mammograms at age 50 and have them every year or 2,” says Dr. Leslie Ford, who specializes in clinical research and cancer prevention at NIH. Source ...11

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Research for Breast Cancer

Tumor Test Helps Tailor Breast Cancer Treatments: A gene-based tumor test could identify women with a certain type of breast cancer who don’t need to undergo chemotherapy. The finding suggests that gene testing can add to traditional clinical ...12

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Names and Terminology

Other Names for This Condition

Source: GHR ...13

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References

  1. Source: CDC Cancer: cdc.gov/ cancer/ breast/ 
  2. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ oct2013/ feature1
  3. Source: NCI (NIH): cancer.gov/ types/ breast
  4. Source: Queensland Government: qld.gov.au/ health/ staying-healthy/ men-women/ women/ cancer
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ oct2013/ feature1
  7. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ 2007/ May/ docs/ 02capsules.htm
  8. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ oct2013/ feature1
  9. ibid.
  10. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ nov2015/ capsule1
  11. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ oct2013/ feature1
  12. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ nov2015/ capsule1
  13. Source: GHR (NLM/NIH): ghr.nlm.nih.gov/ condition/ breast-cancer

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