Breast cancer occurs predominantly in females, although in rare instances men can also develop the disease. Breast cancer is a tumour that originates in the cells of the breast. Cancer develops when cells grow abnormally and multiply. These abnormal cells develop into cancerous growths that can, in some cases, spread (metastasise) to other areas of the body.
These days breast cancer that is contained within the breast is largely treatable and the survival rate is at an all time high. However, if the tumour spreads to another part of the body, treatments are not generally effective and the survival rate is not good.
Research is the only way to stop women and men dying from the disease. Better understanding of how tumours originate, grow and spread results in better ways to prevent and treat breast cancer. From the basic biology of the breast to knowing your risk, and checking for symptoms, it’s important to be informed about breast cancer.
Women and men who check for changes in their breasts are able to be diagnosed early, which provide the best hope of treatment getting rid of all the cancer from the breast so they live longer. A diagnosis of breast cancer is an understandably stressful and emotional time for everyone involved, and there is a lot of new information to absorb.