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Breast cancer: Medical animation

Video: How Breast Cancer Develops

Learn how breast cancer forms, and how it can spread to other parts of the body, so you can better understand your breast cancer treatment options.
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The female breast is primarily composed of fatty tissue and mammary glands. Mammary glands drain into the lactiferous sinus, which connects them to the nipple. During pregnancy, mammary glands swell in order to accommodate milk production. This process is regulated by hormones. Brest cancer is a malignant neoplasm of the mammary gland. It is one of the most common causes of cancer fatality in women. Early detection through regular breast examination and mammography is key. Through self examination irregularities such as lumps or masses can be detected before the disease has had a chance to spread. The danger associated with all cancer but especially with breast cancer is that the disease can travel quickly once it has invaded the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system provides the perfect harbor for cancers to travel throughout the body.

This medical animation illustrates the formation of breast cancer, one of the most common types of cancer among women, in the body. It shows how breast cancer can spread through the lymphatic system to other parts of the body. The narrator encourages self breast exams as a means of early detection.

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