What is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is the malignant growth of tissues within the breast. The uncontrolled proliferation of cells can ultimately lead to the death of an individual if it becomes metastasized or if it is not removed by surgery.
Breast cancer is categorized into 3 types based on the place of origin:
- Ductal breast cancer: It originates in the ducts and is the most common type.
- Lobular breast cancer: This type begins in the lobes of the breast.
- Inflammatory breast cancer: It refers to those in which breasts are swollen, warm, and red.
- Consumption of alcoholic beverages
- Old age
- Radiation therapy of the breast
- Intake of progesterone or estrogen
- First childbirth at an old age
- Family history
- Prior breast treatment with radiation therapy
- Intake of progesterone and estrogen hormones
- Other unspecified health factors and behavioral habits
Breast cancer is characterized by the following symptoms:
- Lump in the underarm region or near the breast
- Regular discharge from the breast
- Nipples become inverted
- Change in texture or morphology of breast like scaliness, unevenness, swelling, or reduction in size
- Increased heat radiating from the breast
- Pain is not felt even when pressure is applied