Staying Abreast of Cancer
In adult women, breasts are organs with the primary function of producing milk to feed their new-born child. Like most organs, breasts are susceptible to cancer, and this form of cancer is a leading cause of death in women worldwide.
Breast cancer occurs when the cells in the breast grows abnormally. Nearly 90% of such cancers begin in the ducts, while the rest develop within the breast tissue itself. The formation of tumours continue to grow and spread, changing the breast structure, damaging healthy cells and causing the organ to fail.
In the early stages, minor symptoms may become noticeable, such as a small lump in the breast. Other warning signs of this condition include a bloody nipple discharge, nipples becoming inverted, and the formation of new dimples. If left untreated, the cancer may begin fungating (break through the skin) and spread to other parts of the body, such as the bone, liver, lungs and brain.
While this condition is associated with women, men also have small amounts of breast tissue. Although the risk is much lower than that of women, there is still a risk of developing breast cancer.