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Breast cancer. Light micrograph of a section through a carcinoma in breast tissue using an antibody labelling technique. A carcinoma is a malignant tumour arising from cells in the covering surface layer or lining tissue of a body organ. An antibody linked stain has bound to the cancerous cells of the carcinoma associated with the ducts and stained them pink. The carcinoma is surrounded by healthy breast tissue (purple). Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women in the developed world. Treatment includes surgical removal of the tumour (lumpectomy) or of the breast (mastectomy), radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy.
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