Breast Cancer: Overview

Health Monitor Staff
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Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women in the United States, second only to skin cancer.

The condition develops when breast cells grow out of control. In normal, healthy breast tissue, new cells constantly form as old ones die. But when new cells grow too quickly, cell mutations, or changes, can form. It is this "out of control" cell formation that develops into cancer. Left untreated, cancer cells invade healthy breast tissue. Cancer cells may also move into the underarm lymph nodes, and possibly other parts of the body.

It's perfectly normal to feel anxiety about the breast cancer journey, but try to take a deep breath and relax—we're here to help you navigate the waters of this disease.

Remember this: In addition to working with your healthcare provider to develop the best treatment strategy for you, sharing your feelings with a friend, family member or licensed professional can help you get the support that you need.

May 2013