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1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. This disease itself claims the lives of hundreds of thousands each year- affecting women around the world. Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast, some cancer is limited to a certain area of the breast while others can spread to healthy tissues or other parts of the body.
Cancer stages are based on four determinants: The size of the cancer, whether or not it’s invasive, if it has spread to the lymph nodes, and if it’s reached other parts of the body beyond the breast. Stage IV, the last stage, is described an invasive breast cancer that has spread (metastasized) beyond the breast and lymph nodes to other organs like the lungs, bones, liver, etc. Stage IV can happen upon the first diagnosis or it can be relapsing cancer that has spread.</p