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Breast Cancer

Microsopic slide of breast cancer cells in the lymph nodes (Photo courtesy of NCI)

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Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among women in the UK. However, unbeknown to many, it is a cancer that also affects around 300 men each year as well (usually over the age of 60). Breast cancer is caused by the breasts cells multiplying and dividing too rapidly resulting in a lump or a thickened area of tissue in either breast, so it’s important to notice changes in the appearance, feel or shape of your breasts, as well as changes to the nipple, such as inversion, discharge or a rash on, or around, the nipple. Factors like: age, family history, being overweight or obese, alcohol and radiation can contribute to getting this condition. There are different types of breast cancer, but the most common is ductal breast cancer, which accounts for about 80% of all cases. Like all cancers, it’s possible for breast cancer to spread to other parts of the body if it remains untreated.

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Feeling uncomfortable because of the pain im having on my breast..I can feel lump and its sting as well...what should I do?





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It really does sound like you have a cyst . They can be very painful .Please go and get it checked out though, its better to be safe .

I have 3 spots on my right breast on the side.1 is almost the size of a dime,the other 2 are pea size.1 is like scaled skin.Iam 59,f,smoker of 40 years





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Most breast problems are nothing to worry about but why spend your time stressing ! Please get it checked out asap.life is too precious ! X

I have recently started to notice that the tissue in both of my breasts is hard and painful. It started about a month ago and they are getting more painful the more I leave them. I struggle to wear a bra now because it's too much pressure on them I have no clue what this could be? I have tried to feel for lumps but not sure on how to correctly do this please help!





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have a pain between my armpit and the side of my right breast also tge nipple on tge breast has become a darker pink colour. I cannot find any lumps. What could it be?





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I had a small pea sized lump in my breast that after a biopsy was diagnosed as fibrous tissue. In the last 2 years it is now an irregular lump approx 3cm in diameter. Is this normal or should I get it checked out again?





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I have found a lump in both my boobs and I am only twelve could this be breast cancer





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I have recently had a odd blister type mark on my breast it isn't itchy and doesn't hurt can anyone help, I'm 25 and it has been there 4 weeks I'm working in Greece so can't see a dermatologist.





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I have found a red/pink tender rash on the top of my left breast..I'm 14 can it be breast cancer?





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I'm transgender f to m but no operations. I still have that hideous deformity breasts. On the right side a lump developed over the last week which is painful. I had lumps before, twice, and they were hormonal. I beat it down flat both sides to stop it bulging my clothes on of shape. I can't go to a doctor as that swallowed of my body makes me feel sick. If I need surgery it would be impossible. I have my family of ferrets and my assistancedog. Although its a crime now in this country I'm all alone in the world and simply cannot abandon my family to go into hospital. I wont do it. They are my only reason for living.





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I am 16 this year, and I am following up lots of the symptoms for breast cancer. I have one inverted nipple and one out moreover my breast have little rash every now and then and they are very tender. I think I may have a large lump inside my breast but I don't know what I'm feeling for can someone please get back to me .





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In the UK, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women. More than 45,500 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed every year, usually in women over 50 who have reached menopause. However, it is possible for women of any age to get breast cancer and, in rare cases, the condition can affect men. Read More »

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