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Breast diseases

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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 Lumps and Lesions | myVMC

Breast lumps are a very common complaint for women of all ages, they may occur spontaneously or gradually and be accompanied by other symptoms such as breast pain, changes in the skin or changes in the nipple.

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Breast Cancer (Carcinoma of the Breast) | myVMC

Carcinoma of the breast is the most common breast cancer in women. It originates in milk ducts or glandular tissues. Breast lumps are a common symptoms.

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Common breast conditions | Jean Hailes

Breast lumps, cysts, mastitis, painful breasts can occur in many women. It is helpful to know what causes these changes, when they occur and what treatments are available, particularly how to relieve breast pain.

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Breast Cancer (Inflammatory Carcinoma of the Breast) | myVMC

Inflammatory cancer of the breast is a rare type of breast cancer which spread rapidly. It causes red, inflamed skin on the breast, not lumps in the breast.

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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 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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Invasive Breast Carcinoma (Breast Cancer) | myVMC

Breast cancer originates in the milk ducts or milk producing tissue of the breast. Invasive breast carcinoma invades normal healthy tissues.

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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.

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Breast Cancer: The risks, signs & symptoms, screening and how to assess your own breasts | myVMC

Professor Christobel Saunders explains breast cancer risks, signs & symptoms, screening and how to assess your own breasts.

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