Breast Self-Exam Glossary of Terms

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Arms: An appendage in anatomy and in clinical trials. See: Arm.

Breast cancer: Breast cancer is diagnosed with self- and physician-examination of the brea...

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Cancer: An abnormal growth of cells which tend to proliferate in an uncontrolled way and, ...

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Cancer symptoms: Abnormal sensations or conditions that persons can notice that are a resu...

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Chest: The area of the body located between the neck and the abdomen. The chest contains t...

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Cure: 1. To heal, to make well, to restore to good health. 2. A time withou...

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Discharge: 1.The flow of fluid from part of the body, such as from the nose or vag...

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Ligament: A tough band of connective tissue that connects various structures, such as two ...

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Menopause: The time in a woman's life when menstrual periods permanently stop; it is also ...

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Menstrual: Pertaining to menstruation (the menses), as in last menstrual period, menstrua...

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Nipple discharge: See: Breast discharge.

Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Pectoral muscles: Muscles of the "anterior chest" (the front of the chest). Familiarly cal...

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Postmenopausal: After menopause, the period of time after a woman has experienced 12 conse...

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Rash: Breaking out (eruption) of the skin. A rash can be caused by an underlying medical c...

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Shoulder: A structure made up of two main bones: the scapula (shoulder blade) and the hume...

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Stage: As regards cancer, the extent of a cancer, especially whether the disease has spre...

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Surgeon: A physician who treats disease, injury, or deformity via operative or manual meth...

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Tumor: An abnormal mass of tissue. Tumors are a classic sign of inflammation, and can be ...

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