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What is breast cancer?

Like cancer in other parts of the body, breast cancer involves the growth and multiplication of abnormal cells.

When the normal process of cell growth is disrupted, new cells begin form when the body doesn’t need them and old or damaged cells fail to die when they should.  These abnormal cells often form a mass of tissue called a lump or tumor.  These growths can be benign (not dangerous to a patient’s health) or malignant (in need of immediate treatment).

When malignant cells form in the tissues of the breast, they can invade the surrounding tissue or spread to other areas of the body.  With early detection and treatment, however, most breast cancer patients continue to lead a normal life.

Breast cancers may be either hormone positive or hormone negative, meaning that some tumors are fueled by the body’s production of estrogen or progesterone (hormone positive), while others do not.

Anatomy
How does breast cancer spread?
Risk factors for Breast Cancer
Symptoms of Breast cancer
Diagnosis of Breast cancer
Staging of Breast Cancer

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