What is Breast Cancer
WHAT IS BREAST CANCER?
Cancer is a broad term for a class of diseases characterized by abnormal cells that grow and invade healthy cells in the body. Breast cancer starts in the cells of the breast as a group of cancer cells that can then invade surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to other areas of the body.
> One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
> Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
> Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.
> Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 410 will die each year.
> Breast cancer is not contagious; you can't contract cancer from a person who has the disease.
> Breast cancer is not caused by wearing underwire bras, implants, deodorants, antiperspirants, mammograms, caffeine, plastic food serving items, microwaves, or cell phones, as myths often suggest.