Breast cancer


Breast cancer. Color-enhanced X-ray mammogram of a female breast in side view, showing cancer. The breast is orange at center; its connective tissue and milk ducts make it appear fibrous. A cancerous tumor is seen within the breast as a yellow core with radiating contours of color. At far right are ribs (blue) of the ribcage. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. Most deaths from breast cancer occur when the cancer is not detected early enough and it spreads to other parts of the body. Mammography is a special X-ray technique used to visualize soft tissues of the breast as a means of screening women for breast cancer, and to detect tumors at an early stage.

Credit: Chris Bjornberg / Science Source

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