Breast cancer occurs when breast cells grow out of control. Cells in the body are in a constant process of growth, division, and death. Cancer occurs in any part of the body when cells grow and divide rapidly, but do not die.
What is Breast Cancer: Terms to Know
- Benign – a non-cancerous tumor
- Malignant – a cancerous tumor
- Lymph Nodes – small clumps of immune cells that work as filters for harmful substances in the body, including cancer cells
- Metastasize – the spread of cancer to other parts of the body, usually through the lymph nodes
Breast Cancer Symptoms
Some women with breast cancer may have no symptoms at all, while others may experience certain breast changes. Report any breast changes to your doctor, can help you decide if additional testing may be appropriate. Possible breast cancer symptoms include:
- A lump or mass, which may or may not cause pain, in the breast or in the surrounding tissues
- Swelling, warmth or redness of any part of the breast
- Change in the size or shape of the breast
- Itchy area or rash on the nipple
- Dimpling or puckering of the breast skin
- Inverted nipple
- Nipple discharge
Breast Cancer Screening with Mammography
It is important to note that breast cancer may show no symptoms at all. Mammograms are necessary to find breast cancer in the earliest stages when no symptoms may be present. Most women should receive an annual mammogram screening beginning at age 40, however some women with additional risk factors may wish to begin screening earlier.
Girls Night Out at The Breast Center of Maple Grove
If you haven’t had your screening mammogram yet this year, join us at our next Girls Night Out event, on the first Tuesday of each month. In addition to a screening mammogram, you can also enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine, mini manis, massages, giveaways and prize drawings. Reserve your space by calling 763-398-6370.