What is breast cancer?

Dr. Rahul Kulkarni

Breast cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the breast. Most breast cancers begin in the ducts that carry milk to the nipple (ductal cancers)
Some start in the glands that make breast milk (lobular cancers). Cancer starts when cells begin to grow out of control and usually form a tumor that can be felt as a lump in the breast.



It’s important to understand that not all breast lumps are cancerous (malignant). Non-cancerous breast tumors are abnormal growths, but they do not spread outside of the breast and are not life-threatening, but some types of benign breast lumps can increase a woman's risk of getting breast cancer.

On the other hand, malignant breast tumors have the ability to spread outside of the breast and can affect any organ of the body, and can be life-threatening if not detected early. Hence any breast lump or change needs to be checked by a health care professional/Oncologist to determine if it is benign or malignant (cancer) and if it might affect your future cancer risk.
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