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When abnormal cell growth occurs in the breast, this results in breast cancer.

These abnormal cells grow, divide and create new cells that the body does not need and that do not function.

These new cells form a mass called a tumor. Tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

These tumors start out small and cannot be felt. As they grow they pose a serious threat to life by spreading throughout the breast and even to other parts of the body.

Breast cancer can be either invasive or non-invasive breast cancer. The most common type of invasive breast cancer is infiltrating ductal carcinoma. It is also called invasive ductal carcinoma.

Breast cancer is a type of cancer originating from breast tissue, most commonly from the inner lining of milk ducts or the lobules that supply the ducts with milk.

Cancers originating from ducts are known as ductal carcinomas, while those originating from lobules are known as lobular carcinomas. While the overwhelming majority of human cases are in women, breast cancer can also occur in men.

The balance of benefits versus harms of breast cancer screening is controversial.

The characteristics of cancer determine the treatment, which may include surgery, medications (hormonal therapy and chemotherapy), radiation and/or immunotherapy.

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