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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Breast lump: A localized swelling, knot, bump, bulge or protuberance in the breast. Breast...

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

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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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Family practice: The medical specialty which provides continuing and comprehensive health ...

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Genetics: The scientific study of heredity. Genetics pertains to humans and all other orga...

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Gynecology: The branch of medicine that is particularly concerned with the health of the f...

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

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Mammogram: An X-ray of the breast that is taken with a device that compresses and flattens...

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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.

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Obstetrics: The art and science of managing pregnancy, labor, and the puerperium (the time...

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Oncology: The field of medicine that is devoted to cancer. Clinical oncology consists of t...

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

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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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

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