What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer to effect women in Ireland. It affects over 2,500 women in Ireland every year.

Breasts are made up of different types of tissue, including connective tissue, gland tissue and fat tissue. Abnormal growths in these tissues can progress to breast cancer, particularly in the glandular tissue.

Cancer occurs when there is an abnormal, excessive growth in tissue cells. Breast cancer is a malignant tumour that starts in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumour is a group of cancer cells that can grow into surrounding tissues or spread to distant areas of the body.

Breast Cancer occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it too. In Ireland approximately 16 men will develop breast cancer each year.

Signs & Symptoms

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Breast Cancer Types

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Treatments

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