- Breast cancer is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells.
- The term "breast cancer" refers to a malignant tumor that has developed from cells in the breast.
C Dilated section of duct to hold milk
F Pectoralis major muscle
G Chest wall/rib cage
A Normal duct cells
B Basement membrane
C Lumen (center of duct)
Cancer in any part of the body is caused by "mutations, or abnormal changes, in the genes responsible for regulating the growth of cells and keeping them healthy". But in the breasts the cancer usually either "begins in the cells of the lobules, which are the milk-producing glands, or the ducts, the passages that drain milk from the lobules to the nipple".
You can get a description of the stages of breast cancer here.
"While there are steps every person can take to help the body stay as healthy as possible (such as eating a balanced diet, not smoking, limiting alcohol, and exercising regularly), breast cancer is never anyone's fault. Feeling guilty, or telling yourself that breast cancer happened because of something you or anyone else did, is not productive."
Basically breast cancer is really scary. Not just because it's life threatening, but it's boobie threatening too. To some that might sound totally superficial, but whether you like it or not, breasts are a symbol of womens sexuality, and who among us would want that stripped away?
So be smart. Stay healthy. Eat well, exercise, and above all do your monthly BSE just like we showed you here.
And when you've done all that, why not donate to help save someone elses boobies too? We recommend NBCF and Komen for the Cure, and of course you can buy something from our very own Boobie Wednesday store where all profits will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Cause really, who doesn't like boobies?