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Benign breast disease cells, TEM

Benign breast disease cells, TEM

M122/0397

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STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Benign breast disease cells. Coloured transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of the small, round, regular cells indicative of lobular carcinoma in situ (LISC). The cells are limited to the milk- producing lobes of the breast. Under a microscope, normal lobes appear empty, while abnormal lobes are crowded with cells. LISC is categorised as stage 0 breast cancer, despite not being a cancer. Instead, it is a benign breast disease that indicates an increased risk of developing breast cancer later in life. LISC is most common in pre- menopausal women. Treatment is usually non- invasive, involving regular breast examinations and mammograms.

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