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What is Breast Cancer?

Cancer Research UK

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and effects thousands of woman every year. It’s important to understand how breast cancer occurs and what it is. Professor Charles Coombes from Imperial College London talks through what breast cancer is in this video

Breast cancer usually starts as a small lump in the breast, this is due to the duct cells which start dividing more often than they should.

The majority of breast cancer cases are what we call ductal cancer. There are also other less common types of breast cancer such as lobular or triple negative. They arise from more unusual cells in the breast.

There are several factors which increase the risk of breast cancer:
• If you have a family history of breast cancer
• Being overweight
• Lack of exercise
• Alcohol consumption

There are things you can do to lower your risk of breast cancer such as maintaining a healthy weight, doing more exercise and eating a healthy diet. There is also evidence to suggest that women who have children early and who breastfeed are less likely to get breast cancer.

PUBLISHED: on 22 Sep 2014. By Cancer Research UK

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