Breast cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the breast. Breast Cancer starts when cells begin to grow out of control and at first cells turn into tumors. Breast Tumors can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get breast cancer too. It is very important to understand that most breast lumps are nonthreatening and do not carry cancer malignant. Non-cancerous breast tumors are abnormal growths, but they do not spread outside of the breast. They are not life threatening, but some types of breast lumps can increase a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer. Any breast lump or change needs to be checked by a doctor or professional to determine if it is nonthreatening lumps or malignant (cancer) and if it might affect your future cancer risk. Sometimes a breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar bone and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the original tumor in the breast is large enough to be felt.
Women who have a family history of breast cancer, who are obese or who have dense breasts have a higher risk of the disease. Symptoms include a lump, skin changes, nipple discharge and pain.