While all breasts are made up of three main parts – glands, ducts, and connective tissues – no breast is typical. They vary from woman to woman. The way breasts look and feel can be affected by age, weight or medications. Most women say their breasts feel lumpy or uneven, but a lot of the time, it’s only when an unusual lump is found that notice is taken.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women regardless of race or ethnicity. There are different kinds of breast cancer; the most common types are ductal carcinoma, which begins in the lining of the breast ducts, and lobular carcinoma, which starts in the lobules, the glands that produce milk.
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||Stages 0-IV tell whether cancer is limited to one area in breast, or has spread to healthy tissues inside breast or other parts of body based on characteristics: size, invasive or non-invasive, in lymph nodes or not, and spreading to other body parts||
Mary Washington Healthcare Regional Cancer Center has a breast care program. Find out more here.