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Breast cancer

  • Breast cancer is cancer that forms in cells of the breast. The breast consists of lobules (glands that make breast milk), ducts (small tubes that carry milk from the lobules to the nipple), fatty and connective tissue, blood vessels and lymph vessels.
  • The milk-producing ducts and glands are the two most likely areas to develop cancerous cells.
  • In rarer cases, breast cancer begins in fatty tissues, also known as stromal tissues. Breast cancer may also occur in surrounding lymph nodes, especially those of the underarm.
  • The early stages of breast cancer may not have any symptoms. As the tumor grows in size, it can cause symptoms.
  • Symptoms may include lump or thickening in the breast or underarm, change in the size or shape of the breast, nipple discharge or nipple turning inward, redness or scaling of the skin or nipple, ridges or pitting of the breast etc.

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