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Breast diseases

There are many different types of breast diseases. They cause infections, cysts and lumps, with or without pain. Some are benign, meaning harmless, and some are malignant, which means they can spread. The most common ones are mastitis (a bacterial infection), cysts, benign lumps and cancer. Women are encouraged to start breast self-examination early in life and have mammography regularly. If anything suspicious is found, women are usually offered a combination of ultrasound and needle biopsy to work out the cause. Men are affected by breast diseases too, although not as often. Follow the links below to find trusted information about breast diseases.

Last reviewed: August 2014

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Breast Cancer - Information, Treatment & Support - CanTeen

Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in women, but it can also affect men. Learn more about causes and treatments with CanTeen.

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Breast cancer Q and A -

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. Fortunately, much research has been done into its treatment and causes. Find out the latest about breast cancer.

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What is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)? | Cancer Australia

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is the name for abnormal changes in the cells in the milk ducts of the breast. 'In situ' means 'in place'. DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer. The abnormal cells are contained inside the milk ducts.

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Breast Awareness And Common Breast Problems | Family Planning NSW is important for you to be aware of how your breasts normally look and feel, so that if there are any changes you can seek help quickly. Read this factsheet to find out more.

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How can I look out for breast cancer?

A womans breasts change throughout life. Being aware of these changes and learning how your breasts feel at different times can help you understand what is normal for you. If you are familiar with your breasts you may be more likely to notice any unusual changes that could be a sign of breast cancer.

Read more on WA Health website

Breast Pain - Mastalgia | Family Planning NSW

Breast pain Breast pain, also known as mastalgia, is a common symptom which women may experience at different times in their lives. Many women worry that pain in their breasts is caused by breast cancer. Breast cancer rarely causes breast pain, however a thorough history-taking and examination by your health professional, and possibly some further tests, may be required to be sure that breast cancer is not the cause of the pain.

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Caring for your breasts and maternity bras in pregnancy and breastfeeding

Your breasts and maternity bras will both be important parts of your life while youre pregnant and breastfeeding. Youre still at risk of breast cancer and need to look after breast symptoms like cracked nipples. Find out how to give you breasts and nursing bras the best care.

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Breast Cancer Treatment - Targeting Cancer

Learn more about breast cancer and the treatments available.

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Breast cancer: detection and diagnosis -

Early detection of breast cancer through being 'breast aware' and mammogram screening can help the chances of surviving this cancer.

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Breast cancer

Breast cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the breast. These cells can invade the breast and surrounding tissue and spread to other parts of the body.

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