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Date: Oct/08/2010 05:51 PM

Two words: “It’s cancer.” What did the doctor just say? You’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer? Your worst fears scream through your mind. This can’t be happening — and yet, it is happening. Take a deep breath. Exhale, and think, “I will survive.” Most women with breast cancer do survive, you know — so why not you? I’m not minimizing the strength and endurance it takes to get from here to cure — but you must believe that you will get there! Ed Hardy Men Core Basic Tees Let’s talk about what you can expect between now and the day this journey becomes history. What follows are the answers to the top eight questions I hear — questions you need to ask your doctor to make sure you get the care you deserve. 1. What exactly is breast cancer? I always use pictures to explain how breast cancer starts — even a cursory understanding of this process takes away some of the mystery cancer holds. Stripped of its mystery, cancer looks a little less daunting. breastcancer.org About 80 percent of breast cancer starts in ducts, 15 percent in lobules (broccoli-like bunches in the picture), and 5 percent is more unusual (but not necessarily more aggressive). The majority of breast tissue is made up of milk-producing glands, called lobules (broccoli-like bunches in the picture), and the tubes that carry milk down and out the nipple, called ducts. About 80 percent of breast cancer starts in ducts, 15 percent in lobules, and 5 percent is more unusual (but not necessarily more aggressive). Ed Hardy Women Swimwear Normal ducts and lobules are lined by a single layer of cells that all look similar to each other. When those cells proliferate for whatever reason (genetic mutations, estrogen stimulation … no one knows exactly why), this is called hyperplasia, and we really don’t care about that common, benign finding. However, when those new cells become disorganized, creating multiple layers and changing their look, this is atypical hyperplasia and needs to be removed when identified. Once those atypical cells bridge across a duct or lobule, and nearly fill up the central spaces, it becomes carcinoma in situ (CIS) ductal DCIS, or lobular LCIS, depending on where it is located. When left unchecked, some CIS will break through the duct or lobule walls, invading the surrounding breast tissue. Once cancer becomes invasive, it has the potential to enter the lymphatics or bloodstream and travel to other organs (metastasize).

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