What Is Cancer Archive
An accessible explanation of what makes this devastating group of diseases tick.
The mammary gland contains several cell types: the epithelium, the adipose, the connective and the lymphatic tissue. Breast cancer begins in the mammary epithelium that forms the glands and the ducts. Breast tumors represent more than 30 percent of all newly diagnosed malignancies in women, far more than other tumor types. It is estimated that one out of eight women will suffer from breast cancer during her lifetime. One of the major reasons for such a high incidence resides in the strong dynamics of the mammary gland.
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