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Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI - Search for term

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - This is a simple, painless test that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create a picture of a specific part of your body. MRIs are used to give your treatment team more information about the cancer.

Mammogram - Search for term

Mammogram - A test used to check for breast cancer. To get a clear image, the breasts are compressed between two firm surfaces in order to spread out the breast tissue. A special x-ray takes black-and-white pictures of the breast at different angles. How often you should have a mammogram depends on your age and your risk of breast cancer.

Mood Swings - Search for term

Mood Swings - An extreme or rapid change in a person’s emotional state. This can occur during menopause. It is also a potential side effect of hormone therapy treatment.

Milk Ducts - Search for term

Milk Ducts - These are tubes within your breast that carry milk from the milk glands to the nipple. When the breast is not producing milk, a small amount of body fluid moves through these tubes.

Mastectomy - Search for term

Mastectomy - A type of surgery where the cancer and some surrounding breast tissue is removed. It can be partial (where only part of the breast is removed), or total (when the entire breast is removed).

Margin - Search for term

Margin - Is the tissue between the cancer and the healthy tissue around the cancer. It is removed during a partial mastectomy.

Milk Glands - Search for term

Milk Glands - called alveoli. They are found in the breast and produce milk, which is then carried by the milk ducts to the nipple.

Menopause - Search for term

Menopause - A natural, biological process when menstruation and fertility permanently end. It occurs in women, most often after age 45.

Metastasis (plural: metastases) - Search for term

Metastasis (plural: metastases) - When cancer cells use blood vessels and lymph channels to move to distant places, they can settle and continue to grow. These new growths, called metastases, are not new types of cancer, but the same cancer growing in another parts of your body. This happens most often in the bones, lungs and liver.

Menstrual cycle - Search for term

Menstrual cycle - The monthly process, led by hormones in a woman’s body, in which a matured egg is released from the ovary and travels down the fallopian tube to the uterus. If the egg does not meet a male sperm, the lining of the uterus is shed through the vagina as your period.