What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer (cancer of the mammary glands) is a condition that has been known since ancient times, and exhibits itself as one of the most prevalent conditions of the modern world.

This is one of the most common types of cancer, and is often one of the main causes of death for women worldwide. Cancers of the mammary gland usually affect females, and is 100 times more likely to occur in women rather than men.

Cancer of the mammary glands is a condition that may affect all ages, but the age range most commonly affected is 40-60 years old. The mean age that this disease affects is 49.5 and the mean minimal threshold for being considered at risk for this condition is 29.5 years old.

A large percentage of cases of malignant tumors of the mammary glands is made up of adenocarcinomas. In many cases, benign tumors which do not pose mortal risk to the patient may also develop.

Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 20 Okt 2017
Medical Author: Dr. med. Diana Hysi