Imagine you’re at a restaurant and you see a group of eight women sitting at a table having a great time. They have the look of old friends as they occasionally break into laughter. Now take another look. The odds are that sometime in the future one of them will be battling breast cancer.
Indeed, statistics tell us that one woman in eight will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the time she turns 70. It’s not fair, but it’s reality.
Inside Breast Cancer:
Breast cancer is actually a group of cancers that occur in the breast. The Type a patient is diagnosed with will affect the treatment protocol that her doctor will follow. Cancer is usually detected in the milk ducts or the lobules of the breast. If the cancer is confined to its place of origin, it’s called “in situ,” and is non-invasive. This type of lump may be defined as “precancerous” because the cells haven’t spread. It’s often treated with a lumpectomy and radiation.
Invasive breast cancer occurs when cancer cells have expanded beyond the ducts or the lobules into nearby tissue. It’s more likely that the cancer will spread to the lymph nodes and has or could
eventually move to other organs in the body (metastasis). Treatment for this type of cancer is often more aggressive, with mastectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy all playing a role. Despite this aggressive treatment, recurrence—sometimes many years later—is all too common.