Hi! I am Stacey Chua and I made this site to increase awareness of Breast Cancer. Recently, my best friend’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and the last I heard was she needs to undergo mastectomy to prevent the cancer from spreading to her other breast.
Prevention and early detection proves very useful. In my best friend’s mom’s case, hers is already on Stage 3. Her doctor recommends annual mammograms for women over the age of 40, or starting earlier if you are at elevated risk.
Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that originates in the breast, usually in the milk ducts. “Breast cancer involves cells in the breast that have made changes, and the changes include loss of control of growth,” says Port, “If the tumor is contained in the milk duct, it’s considered non-invasive cancer, but once it breaks through the milk duct and invades the surrounding breast, it’s invasive cancer.”
Though young women can develop breast cancer, the majority of cases are diagnosed in post-menopausal women in their 50s and 60s. Men can also develop breast cancer, though it is 100 times more likely to develop in women. Other risk factors include: having a family history of the disease on either your mother’s or father’s side of the family, taking hormone replacements, and certain breast conditions like atypia or LCIS.