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How does bronchoalveolar carcinoma affect the body?

Bronchoalveolar carcinoma affects cells located near the lung's air sacs (alveoli) or the windpipes that branch off the trachea and supply each lung with air (bronchi). Because they are a sub-type of adenocarcinoma, malignant bronchoalveolar carcinoma cells usually line the outside of internal organs. Most cases of bronchoalveolar carcinoma are found on the peripheral parts of the lungs, which is a general term for the area outside the central area of the lungs closest to the trachea. Although bronchoalveolar carcinoma in non-invasive, it can spread (metastasize) throughout the lungs. However, it does not usually spread outside the lungs like many other cancers.

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