Monday, April 12, 2010

Breast Cancer 101

Breast cancer is considered as one of the most common tumor in women. It is also considered as the second leading cause of cancer death in the world. It was exceeded by lung cancer since 1985. One every eight woman with an age of 85 will surely develop breast cancer sometime in her life.

Breast cancer is a term for a kind of disease where abnormal cells divide inside the body uncontrollably. It invades nearby tissues and starts to spread the virus to other parts of the body through their blood stream or via lymphatic system. This disease is very common to women. Aside from being women, age is also considered as an important factor in the development of breast cancer.

The breast of a normal person is made up of different lobes and ducts. Each breast of a person consists of 15 to 20 sections which area called lobes. The smaller sections are called lobules.

These lobules end in dozens of tiny bulbs that can produce a lot of milk. The lobules, lobes and bulbs are connected by various thin tubes called ducts.

There are different classifications of breast cancer.

• Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)
• Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
• Recurrent breast cancer
• Inflammatory breast cancer

Among these classifications, the most common is ductal carcinoma that begins in the cells located in the ducts. Lobular carcinoma starts in the lobules or lobes. This kind of cancer is often found in both breasts than the other types of breast cancer. Recurrent breast cancer is the cancer that has come back after it was treated. The most uncommon of all the breast cancer types is the inflammatory breast cancer. It is identified when the breast became warm, red and swollen.

Breast cancer is a deadly disease if it will not be detected early.