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How does adenocarcinoma start in the breasts?

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Adenocarcinoma is a type of cancer that starts in the glands that line the inside of one of your organs. Most breast cancers are adenocarcinomas. They start in the glands of the breast where milk is made.

From: Adenocarcinoma WebMD Medical Reference

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National Cancer Institute.

Maurie Markman, MD, president of medicine and science, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Philadelphia.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

American Cancer Society: "What is non-small cell lung cancer?"

University of Southern California Center for Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases, Los Angeles.

Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Colon Cancer Coalition: "What Is Colon Cancer?"

Johns Hopkins: "Colorectal Cancer."

Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association:  "What is an Esophagus?"

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 23, 2017

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute.

Maurie Markman, MD, president of medicine and science, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Philadelphia.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

American Cancer Society: "What is non-small cell lung cancer?"

University of Southern California Center for Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases, Los Angeles.

Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Colon Cancer Coalition: "What Is Colon Cancer?"

Johns Hopkins: "Colorectal Cancer."

Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association:  "What is an Esophagus?"

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 23, 2017

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