breast cancer

Pronunciation: (brest KAN-ser)

Cancer that forms in tissues of the breast. The most common type of breast cancer is ductal carcinoma, which begins in the lining of the milk ducts (thin tubes that carry milk from the lobules of the breast to the nipple). Another type of breast cancer is lobular carcinoma, which begins in the lobules (milk glands) of the breast. Invasive breast cancer is breast cancer that has spread from where it began in the breast ducts or lobules to surrounding normal tissue. Breast cancer occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

Anatomy of the female breast. The nipple and areola are shown on the outside of the breast. The lymph nodes, lobes, lobules, ducts, and other parts of the inside of the breast are also shown.Anatomía de la mama femenina. Se muestran el pezón y la aréola en la parte externa de la mama. También se muestran los ganglios linfáticos, los lóbulos, los lobulillos, los conductos y otras partes internas de la mama.2005-10-24 Date last modified: 2013-07-10Breast CancerCáncer de seno (mama)