Lymphatic System and Breat Cancer

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A brief overview of normal anatomy............. The Lymphatic system consists of two components, and they are the Meandering network of lymphatic vessels and then the various lymphoid tissues and organs that are scattered throughout our body! There are many networks of vessels throughout our bodies known as lymphatic vessels which form a one-way system, which runs towards the heart, that’s function is to collect and return fluid leaked from the blood vessels back into the circulatory system. Without the Lymphatic system, there would be an approximate of 3 litres a day of fluid remaining in our bodies that are not picked up by the venous vessels, which without being drained away can lead to Oedema. [= a build-up of fluid which causes the affected tissue to become swollen] There are 3 vessels that carry the remaining fluid, and they vary in size from smallest to largest. The lymph capillaries are the smallest followed by larger lymph vessels then the largest of all, the thoracic lymphatic ducts. A lymph node is a small ball or an oval-like structured organ that is spread widely throughout the body, including places like the armpit and stomach, which are linked by lymphatic vessels. Lymph nodes are carriers of B, T and other immune cells, and they act as filters or traps for foreign particles and are important in the proper functioning of the immune system Any variable of incidence.......................................................................... In 2012 it was estimated that 14,610 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, making it the most common cancer affecting women. Breast cancer in men is rare. The latest statistic shows that 103 men in Australia were diagnosed in 2007. However keeping in mind that the majority of women survive breast cancer, with the latest statistics which were recorded in 2006, show us that the 5-year survival rate for

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