Basic Information about Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is
causing terrible suffering among people everywhere, but this
disease is a mystery to some. In this article basic information
about breast cancer and how it develops will be
First you have to understand how the
breasts are actually made if you want to understand breast
cancer. Breasts consist of lobes which contain miniature lobes
call lobules. Lobules contain glands that produce
Milk comes out of the nipples after passing through
ducts leading from glands within the lobules. Besides these
lobes and lobules, breasts are composed mainly of fat.
What causes cancer cells to form within the breast? As
in other forms of cancer, cancer cells are created when normal
cells go berserk by growing and dividing improperly. This can
happen when new cells are created that the body does not find
necessary to have. There are also old cells with extended lives
that the body expected to die but didn't. Tumors form when
these extra cells separate and multiply causing a tumor to
grow. There are benign tumors and malignant tumors. pose
a deadly risk to the body and although they can be removed by
surgery, they often grow back. They can spread to other parts
of the body as well. The spreading throughout the body can be
Benign tumors usually are not dangerous because they are not
cancerous. They usually don't spread within the body, so
they're easy to contain. On the other hand, malignant tumors
are cancer. They can be fatal to your health.
The lymph nodes of the breast is the place where breast
cancer usually begins. Cancer of the breast can spread all over
the body to the bones, liver, lungs and brain. Even though the
cancer may wind up in the brain, it's still breast cancer. This
disease usually strikes women who are over 40 years of age.
Women who are younger and even men can develop breast cancer.
For women over 40 years of age, they need to be especially
diligent in protecting themselves against this disease.
Women over 40 years of age should have a mammogram once a
year because finding a cancer early is the key to survival.
Women should also receive a yearly breast exam by their
doctors. You should perform a monthly breast examination in
your home as well. Check and see if the appearance of your
breasts or nipples has changed. Are your nipples inverted or
turning inwards? Has the shape of your breasts suddenly changed
in size or shape? Is there a discharge from your nipples? These
are symptoms of breast cancer. If you notice anything like
this, check with your doctor right away.