What is Breast Cancer?
A Cancer is believed to be one of the worst and most deadly diseases in the world. What can be more shocking than to hear your doctor say You are having a cancer! There are many types of cancers and Breast Cancer is one common cancer that could be seen especially among females. This article is aimed at explaining what breast cancer is.
Our body has millions of cells that keep on duplicating. An abnormal cell growth in an uncontrolled way is called a cancer. A cancer that is originated and grows in the breast tissue is called a Breast Cancer. These abnormal cells can grow and form lumps or tumors. These tumors can be malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous). A malignant tumor that has developed from the cells in the breast is referred to as breast cancer. It is the malignant tumors that spread and not the benign.
Most breast cancers start in the milk ducts of the breasts, which are known as ductal cancers, whereas others originate in the lobules of the breast, which are called lobular cancers. Breast cancer can spread through the bloodstream and there is also a possibility that it could spread to the lymph nodes (which is the drainage system of the body), thus spreading to other parts of the body (such as the liver, lungs and bones).
It is mostly females who suffer from breast cancer, but males too suffer from it, even though it is very rare. It is the second most common form of cancer in females. According to statistics, more than 250,000 women and about 4000 men suffer from breast cancer in the US.
The risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer increases with age. It is uncommon in women under 50 years. Of all the females who suffer from breast cancer, 70% of them are over 50 years old, and of those, 80% of them die. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women, after lung cancer.
This can be the worst nightmare for women, since most women have suffered broken relationships with their family members, friends and loved ones. It also puts the victim down, both mentally and physically. Many newly diagnosed women feel as though they have been hit with a double hoodoo, since it is a disease that attacks a part of the anatomy normally linked to womanhood, the breasts.
However, early detection increases the chances of cure for breast cancer and it is believed that over 90% of breast cancer cases are curable, if they are detected early. Most women are reluctant to do a mammogram since they fear that it is painful, and they especially lack the mental strength to undergo one. However, by doing this, the chances of getting it cured (if detected) are very high. So, get yourself examined so that you wont be an unlucky victim of this deadly disease, breast cancer!