and what the possible treatments are. I. What is cancer? a) The National Cancer Institute says that cancer is the abnormal growth and reproduction of cells, which causes tumors. b) There are two types of cancer tumors. i) Benign tumors: do not reproduce after being removed ii) Malignant tumors: Have the potential to reproduce forming new tumors after removal. c) Knowing this we now need to know that there are two types of breast cancer. i) Non-invasive, is a cancer that forms tumors but does not travel to other parts of the body ii) Invasive, is a cancer that forms and has the potential to travel to other body parts through means of the blood stream. II. What are the symptoms to breast cancer? a) According to the Susan G Komen foundation the most common warning sign to detecting breast cancer is a change and feel of the breast. b) Other warning signs could include unusual discharge, lumps, and new or persistent pain. c) However there are many patients that have no obvious symptoms. III. How is breast cancer detected? a) Breast examination, this can either be self-examination or an examination done at your physician’s office to check for unusual lumps.
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