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Detecting Breast Cancer

Dr. catherine Jones

By Catherine Jones, M.D.

Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the breast.  The tissue within the breast is made up of ducts and lobes. Each breast has around 20 lobes.  These lobes are made of smaller sections called lobules. Lobules end in bulbs that produce milk. The lobes, lobules, and bulbs are linked by tubes called ducts.
Each breast also has both lymph and blood vessels.  Lymph, a colorless fluid, is carried through the lymph vessels.  Lymph vessels go to lymph nodes.  Lymph nodes are small oval shaped structures that are located throughout the body.  The lymph nodes filter the lymph fluid and help fight infection and disease. These lymph nodes are found under the arm (axilla), above the collarbone, and in the chest. Read more