Breast Cancer is when cells in the breast tissue begin to grow abnormally. With Breast Cancer, this usually results in a tumor that can be felt as a lump and seen on an x-ray. If left untreated, the cancerous cells can spread to other parts of the body.
Breast Cancer can easily spread to the lymph nodes, which also indicates a higher chance that the cells have spread to other areas of the body. Due to this, finding cancer in a lymph node can affect the treatment plan. However, not all cancer cells spread to other areas, even if they are in the lymph nodes.
Roughly 41,070 people in the United States are killed by Breast Cancer each year. If detected early, it can be treated, but if not, it can spread to other parts of the body and become more difficult to treat. 255,180 people in the United States were diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2017. Most of these were women, but a small amount were men, who can also develop cancer in their breast tissue.
If it is is detected early and treated, it is almost always curable, but if it is not, the cancer can advance and spread to other parts of the body, where it becomes hard to treat and can be fatal.
For treatment, Breast Cancer has many options including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these, which is typically preferred. Different types of breast cancer can react differently to various treatment options, and your doctor will help decide the best course of treatment.