Breast cancer

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Breast cancer is the leading cause of death in women after lung cancer, and affects thousands of Canadians each year. The disease profoundly affects those living with the disease as well as their families and friends. Breast cancer starts in the tissues of the breast, and there are two main types: 1) ductal carcinoma starts in the tubes (ducts) that take milk from the breast to the nipple; most breast cancers are of this type; 2) Lobular carcinoma starts in parts of the breast called lobules that produce milk. In rare cases, breast cancer starts in other areas of the breast. In 2012, Curtis et al showed that breast cancer could be classified into 10 subtypes pointing to more personalized treatments for patients in the future.

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