National **** Cancer Awareness Month
Posted By: Sierra Austin on October 02, 2008 |
**** Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) (also referred to locally as National **** Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM)) is an annual international health campaign organized by major **** cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by **** cancer.
As well as providing a platform for **** cancer charities to raise awareness of their work and of the disease, BCAM is also a prime opportunity to remind women to be **** aware for earlier detection
Q: What is cancer?
A: Cancer is a disease that occurs when cells become abnormal and divide without control or order. Each organ in the body is made up of various kinds of cells. Cells normally divide in an orderly way to produce more cells only when they are needed. This process helps keep the body healthy. If cells divide when new cells are not needed, they form too much tissue. This extra tissue, called a tumor, can be benign or malignant.
Benign tumors are not cancer.
Eighty percent of all **** tumors are benign. They can usually be removed, and, in most cases, they don't come back. Most important, the cells in benign tumors do not invade other tissues and do not spread to other parts of the body. Benign **** tumors are not life-threatening.
Malignant tumors are cancer.
The cancer cells grow and divide out of control, invading and damaging nearby tissues and organs. Cancer cells can also break away from the original tumor and enter the bloodstream or lymphatic system. This is how **** cancer spreads and forms secondary tumors in other parts of the body.
This spread of cancer is called metastasis.
Q: What is **** cancer?
A: **** cancer is cancer that forms in tissues of the ****, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the ****) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women, although male **** cancer is rare.
Q: How many new cases of **** cancer are estimated in the United States in 2007?
A: New cases of **** cancer in the United states are estimated to be 178,480 (female); 2,030 (male). Of these an estimated 40,460 (female) and 450 (male) will die from the disease. (National Cancer Institute figures).
Q: How common is **** cancer in the United States?
A: **** cancer is the most common cancer in women, aside from skin cancer.
Q: What is advanced **** cancer?
A: **** cancer is considered advanced when it has spread from its original site to distant areas of the body. Physicians will look at a number of factors to determine the stage of **** cancer, including tumor size, lymph node involvement, and whether the cancer has spread to other areas of the body. Once the stage of the disease is determined, there are two different ways advanced **** cancer can be classified: locally advanced or metastatic.
Q: What is locally advanced **** cancer?
A: The term locally advanced **** cancer indicates that the cancer is large (greater than 2 inches) or may have spread to other nearby tissue, such as underarm lymph nodes. Locally advanced **** cancer is considered Stage III, and if it is operable, it is referred to as Stage IIIA.
Q: What is metastatic **** cancer?
A: The term metastatic **** cancer indicates that the cancer has spread from the **** to other parts of the body such as bone, lung, liver, or brain.
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