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  Breast Cancer
Breast cancer may be one of the oldest known forms of cancer tumors in humans.
The oldest description of cancer (although the term cancer was not used) was discovered in Egypt and dates back to approximately 1600 BC.
The Edwin Smith Papyrus describes 8 cases of tumors or ulcers of the breast that were treated by cauterization, with a tool called "the fire drill." The writing says about the disease, "There is no treatment." At least one of the described cases is male.
thebreastcancerinfo.com /history_of_breast_cancer.htm   (191 words)

  Breast Cancer Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment on eMedicineHealth.com
BRCA, known as the "breast cancer gene," is one of several genetic mutations (alterations in the body's genetic material) that have been associated with the development of breast and ovarian cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women with the exception of nonmelanoma skin cancers.
In 2007, the American Cancer Society estimated that 178,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer would be diagnosed among women in the United States, and that a further 62,030 new cases of in-situ (noninvasive) breast cancer would be diagnosed.
www.emedicinehealth.com /breast_cancer/article_em.htm   (707 words)

 Breast self-exams: One way to detect breast cancer - MayoClinic.com
Breast self-exams contribute greatly to breast awareness, teaching you how your breasts vary in sensitivity and texture at different times during your menstrual cycle and different stages of life.
That's why regular breast self-exams — examining your breasts in a way that's comfortable to you, with an awareness of what's normal for you — are particularly important if you're at increased risk of breast cancer.
One benefit of breast self-exams is the potential to identify and treat a cancerous breast lump while it's still small and in an early stage of development.
www.mayoclinic.com /health/breast-self-exam/WO00026/UPDATEAPP=0   (1394 words)

  Imaginis - What is Breast Cancer?
Usually, cancer is named after the body part in which it originated; thus, breast cancer refers to the erratic growth and proliferation of cells that originate in the breast tissue.
Breast cancer is the leading cause of death among women between 40 and 55 years of age and is the second overall cause of death among women (exceeded only by lung cancer).
Cancer cells that are confined to the ducts and do not invade surrounding fatty and connective tissues of the breast.
www.imaginis.com /breasthealth/breast_cancer.asp   (592 words)

  Breast cancer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Breast cancer is one of the oldest known forms of cancer tumors.
The first work on breast cancer epidemiology was done by Janet Lane-Claypon, who published a comparative study in 1926 of 500 breast cancer cases and 500 control patients of the same background and lifestyle for the British Ministry of Health.
The mainstay of breast cancer treatment is surgery when the tumor is localized, with possible adjuvant hormonal therapy (with tamoxifen or an aromatase inhibitor), chemotherapy, and/or radiotherapy.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Breast_cancer   (4283 words)

 Breast Cancer: Encyclopedia of Cancer
Cancer cells are characterized by uncontrolled division leading to abnormal growth and the ability of these cells to invade normal tissue locally or to spread throughout the body, in a process called metastasis.
Breast cancer arises in the milk-producing glands of the breast tissue.
Breast cancer cells in the lymph nodes under the arm or in the chest are a sign that the cancer has spread, and that it might recur.
health.enotes.com /cancer-encyclopedia/breast-cancer   (5384 words)

 Breast Cancer   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The female breasts are modified sweat glands composed of lobes and lobules interspersed with adipose tissue and connective tissue.
Breast cancer is very rare before age 20 and is rarely diagnosed in women younger than age 25.
Breast biopsy is performed to remove a lesion and make a definitive diagnosis, if a malignancy has not been demonstrated by FNA but is still suspected, or if a lump is likely to be malignant.
www-medlib.med.utah.edu /WebPath/TUTORIAL/BREAST/BREAST.html   (2415 words)

 Breast Cancer Symptoms, Facts, Causes, Treatments, Stages, Diagnosis and Information on MedicineNet.com
Heightened awareness of breast cancer risk in the past decades has led to an increase in the number of women undergoing mammography for screening, leading to detection of cancers in earlier stages and a resultant improvement in survival rates.
Still, breast cancer is the most common cause of death in women between the ages of 45 and 55.
Although breast cancer in women is a common form of cancer, male breast cancer does occur and accounts for about 1% of all cancer deaths in men.
www.medicinenet.com /breast_cancer/article.htm   (941 words)

 Breast Cancer
The purpose of breast conservation therapy is to give women the same cure rate they would have if they were treated with a mastectomy but to leave the breast intact, with an appearance and texture as close as possible to what they had before treatment.
Breast conservation therapy is used for patients with early-stage invasive breast cancers (called Stage I and Stage II in the classification system).
For patients treated initially for invasive breast cancer, 5 percent to 10 percent will be found to have distant metastases at the time of discovery of the breast recurrence.
www.radiologyinfo.org /en/info.cfm?pg=breastcancer   (2167 words)

 Breast cancer - Genetics Home Reference   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that forms from the uncontrolled growth of abnormal breast cells.
Hereditary breast cancers, which are those caused by inherited gene mutations, tend to occur earlier in life than noninherited (sporadic) cases and are more likely to involve both breasts.
An estimated 5 percent to 10 percent of all breast cancers are hereditary.
ghr.nlm.nih.gov /condition=breastcancer   (1024 words)

 RealAge Breast Cancer Screening Assessment
Breast Cancer Info: The biggest risk factor for breast cancer is simply age.
Breast self exams, clinical breast exams, mammography, or ultrasonography.
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is an overgrowth of irregular-looking cells in a duct of the milk glands of a breast.
breastcancer.realage.com   (282 words)

 Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is a kind of tumor that develops in the cells of a person's breast.
Someone with breast cancer may have cancer cells in just one part of the breast, which might be felt as a lump.
Breast lumps that are not cancer may be scar tissue or cysts (fluid-filled lumps or sacs) or they can be due to normal breast changes associated with hormone changes or aging.
www.kidshealth.org /kid/grownup/conditions/breast_cancer.html   (1147 words)

 Breast Cancer - Medical Encyclopedia - MSN Health & Fitness   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Mission is to decrease the impact of breast cancer, create and increase breast cancer awareness, and ensures through information, empowerment and peer support, that no one faces breast cancer alone.
Information and peer support for breast cancer patients and their families during all stages of the disease.
Offers emotional support to the mothers of daughters newly diagnosed with breast cancer to help them to be better "care partners" to their daughters.
www.health.msn.com /encyclopedia/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100107456   (511 words)

 Breast Cancer Resources Directory - CancerIndex
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women, the risk of breast cancer increases with age, it is most common after the age of 50.
The Cancer Club The Cancer Club, based in Minneapolis, was created by Christine in 1995 in response to her experience with breast cancer.
Breast, The (Journal of the European Society of Mastology) a multidisciplinary covering the physiology of normal breast, the aetiology, biology, medical and surgical treatment and management of benign and malignant breast disease.
www.cancerindex.org /clinks3.htm   (2808 words)

 Breast Cancer Information and Resources | Oncolink
Breast cancer happens when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control and can then invade nearby tissues or spread throughout the body.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American women behind lung cancer.
Right now, the most important thing any woman can do to decrease her risk of dying from breast cancer is to have regular mammogram screening, learn how to perform breast self exams, and have a regular physical examination by their physician.
www.oncolink.org /types/article.cfm?c=3&s=5&ss=33&id=8320   (3491 words)

 Prevent Breast Cancer with Care2.com and the Breast Cancer Fund!
With more than half of breast cancer cases remaining unexplained by traditional risk factors, scientists increasingly indicate that these cases have environmental links.
As breast cancer rates continue to rise, scientific evidence indicates that even small doses of chemical exposure can contribute to breast cancer.
The Breast Cancer Fund is the leading national organization focused on identifying — and advocating for the elimination of — the environmental and preventable causes of the disease.
breastcancer.care2.com   (229 words)

 Breast Cancer - WrongDiagnosis.com
Breast cancer is the second leading malpractice-related condition with most lawsuits arising out of misdiagnosis and delayed treatment.
One problem is that a mammogram may be negative, even for women with a breast lump, but a negative mammogram does not definitively rule out breast cancer.
Another problem is that women under 50 can get breast cancer, but many doctors will assume a diagnosis of breast fibrocystic disease because of their age.
www.wrongdiagnosis.com /b/breast_cancer/intro.htm   (1108 words)

 Breast Cancer: Online Reference For Health Concerns
The breast is composed mainly of fat (adipose tissue) and breast tissue, along with connective tissue, nerves, veins, and arteries.
Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare and aggressive form of invasive breast cancer that is usually not detected by mammograms or ultrasounds.
While most breast diseases are not dangerous in themselves, they may increase the risk of developing breast cancer.
www.lef.org /protocols/prtcl-022.shtml   (2577 words)

 genome.gov | Learning About Breast Cancer
Estimates of the incidence of hereditary breast cancer range from between 5 to 10 percent to as many as 27 percent of all breast cancers.
Not all hereditary breast cancers are caused by BRCA1 and BRCA2.
Hereditary breast cancer is suspected when there is a strong family history of breast cancer: occurrences of the disease in at least three first or second-degree relatives (sisters, mothers, aunts).
www.genome.gov /10000507   (1154 words)

 Breast cancer - awareness, symptoms, treatment, signs, information - Patient Health International
In fact, most lumps in the breast are not cancers, they are benign and don't spread to other parts of the body.
Although the exact causes of breast cancer have yet to be identified, the risk increases gradually with age and for certain people there may be a family hereditary (genetic) component.
Early detection of breast cancer is therefore vital as it increases the chances of successful treatment.
www.patienthealthinternational.com /article/501572.aspx   (697 words)

 Breast cancer
Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.
Cancer that begins in the lobes or lobules is called lobular carcinoma and is more often found in both breasts than are other types of breast cancer.
The choice of treatment and prognosis (chance of recovery) depend on the stage of the cancer (whether it is in the breast only or has spread to other places in the body), the type of breast cancer, certain characteristics of the cancer cells, and whether the cancer is found in the other breast.
cancerweb.ncl.ac.uk /cancernet/200013.html   (3667 words)

 Detailed Breast Cancer Risk Calculator
The NCI's Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool website has more decimal point accuracy (but only asks the first 6 questions).
Tamoxifen is a medicine that can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer in high risk women.
This calculator uses the Gail model, and is a slightly less-than-perfect emulation of the NCI's Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool, but with the benefit of additional risk modifier questions added.
www.halls.md /breast/risk.htm   (527 words)

 Breast cancer: special report | the Daily Mail
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world and affects more than 41,000 women in the UK every year.
Breast Cancer Care is a charity which provides support for patients as well as ideas for fundraising and how to donate.
She is a survivor of 5 recurrances of breast cancer and she recommends swapping dairy milk and meat from dairy cattle for other things in your diet.
www.dailymail.co.uk /pages/live/articles/health/healthmain.html?in_article_id=364338&in_page_id=1774   (1292 words)

 What You Need To Know About™ Breast Cancer - National Cancer Institute
cancer.* Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in this country (other than skin cancer).
However, more specific information about breast cancer in men is available on NCI's Web site at http://www.cancer.gov and from NCI's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER.
Scientists are studying breast cancer to find out more about its causes.
www.cancer.gov /cancerinfo/wyntk/breast   (341 words)

 Sloan-Kettering - Breast Cancer
A woman's chances of developing breast cancer increase as she grows older; 77 percent of breast cancers are found in women over the age of 50.
One major focus of Memorial Sloan-Kettering's breast cancer specialists has been to explore the effectiveness of a new class of drugs that have been shown to be active against breast cancer: the taxanes.
Radiation therapy is offered to breast cancer patients to rid the body of any microscopic cancer cells that may remain near the area where the cancer was originally found.
www.mskcc.org /mskcc/html/293.cfm   (502 words)

 ScienceDaily: Help Page   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Enzyme Inhibitor Produces Stable Disease In Patients With Advanced Solid Cell Cancers (November 15, 2006) -- Preliminary trials of a MEK enzyme inhibitor have shown that it is capable of producing long-lasting stable disease in patients with advanced solid cancers.
Research Finds Shorter-course Radiation Treatment Safe For Breast Cancer (November 15, 2006) -- External-beam radiation therapy for early-stage breast cancer can be delivered safely and in a shorter course that eliminates as much as two weeks from conventional treatment, finds a Fox Chase...
Two Markers Strongly Linked To Prostate Cancer Incidence And Mortality Almost A Decade Prior To Diagnosis (November 14, 2006) -- Increased levels of two markers of inflammation, interleukin-6 (IL-6) and C-reactive protein (CRP), are significantly associated with prostate cancer incidence and mortality almost a decade prior to...
www.sciencedaily.com /articles/health_medicine/breast_cancer   (1165 words)

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