Breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer and most common cause of cancer deaths among females in Australia. This cancer mostly affects women after the age of 40. Breast cancer is a common disease. Each year, approximately 200,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer, and one in nine American women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is complex. There

are different stages of breast cancer and different types - invasive or non-invasive, hormone receptor positive or negative.

Breast cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the breast. These abnormal cells grow and divide faster than normal cells. Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in breast tissues. Each breast has 15 to 20 sections called lobes, which have many smaller sections called lobules. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, and occurs in rare cases in men. We interviewed 47 people about their experiences of breast cancer.

Breast cancer is most easily treated when it is detected early. This makes self-examinations an important part of a person's regular health maintenance. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. The chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman's life is about 1 in 8 (12%). Breast cancer is a tumor that has become malignant - it has developed from the breast cells. A 'malignant' tumor can spread to other parts of the body - it may also invade surrounding tissue.

Breast cancer is always caused by a genetic abnormality. However, only 5-10% of cancers are due to an abnormality inherited from your mother or father. Breast cancer is 100 times more common in women than in men. Most cases of male breast cancer are detected in men between the ages of 60 and 70, although the condition can develop in men of any age. Breast cancer is not only a serious physical disease, but it is often an emotionally draining disease as well. Issues regarding sexuality (especially if a mastectomy has been performed) often surround breast cancer.

Breast cancer is called recurrent if the cancer has come back after it was first diagnosed and treated. It may come back in the breast (a local recurrence); in the chest wall; or in another part of the body, including distant organs (such as the lungs, liver, and bones). Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found in women in the United States. Overall, you have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in your lifetime. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American women behind lung cancer. The lifetime risk of any particular woman getting breast cancer is about 1 in 8 although the lifetime risk of dying from breast cancer is much lower at 1 in 28.

Treatments depend on the type of cell that is seen. Treatment is more likely to work well when cancer is found early.

Treatment of breast cancer depends on the type and location of the breast cancer, as well as the age and health of the patient. The American Cancer Society recommends that a woman should have a baseline mammogram between the ages of 35 and 40 years. Treatment for breast cancer will vary depending on the stage of cancer. Every woman's situation and breast cancer is different.