Digging Deeper: What is Cancer With Dr. Lisa Newman

Cancer in any part of the body means that there are cells that are growing out of the body’s normal control system. And when these cancers grow uncontrollably, they can spread to other organs of the body and damage to those other organs.

Breast cancers are malignant growths of cells that start out in the breast, but that are then capable of spreading or metastasize into other organs such as the liver, lungs, bones. And when breast cancer metastasized to those other organs, they can lead to breast cancer related deaths.

We are actually just starting to understand some of the risk factors that distinguish triple negative breast cancers from non-triple negative breast cancers. And what we have come to appreciate is that most of the risk factors that we had historically identified, as showing us women who are more likely to get breast cancer, mostly identify women who are likely to get the non-triple negative breast cancers.