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Breast Cancer : A Form Of Cancer

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In this paper I will be addressing breast cancer. Breast cancer is a form of cancer that affects the cells of the breast. This happens when cells in the breast grow abnormally. It can spread to nearby tissues and lymph nodes. This cancer can affect bones, liver, and even your brain. All women and men are at risk for breast cancer. It can affect people of every age, race, and ethnic group. Between the ages of 40 and 50, African American women have a higher chance of receiving breast cancer. The ultimate impact of breast cancer is death. Breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death in women.
There are multiple risk factors dealing with breast cancer. Being a female in general is one but men can get breast cancer too but it’s very rare. Risk factors include having a family member with breast cancer, age, having your first child at 35 or older, getting your period early as in 12 or before, reaching menopause after the age of 55, having received chest radiation, being overweight especially in the waist, having personal history of cancer in one breast, or carrying the breast cancer gene BRCA1 or BRCA2.
Everyone has the genes BRCA1 or BRCA2. In inherited cases, these two genes are abnormal. They help maintain the breast cells to grow natural and repair cell damage. If the genes have mutations they are passed from generation to generation. Having an abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 doesn’t directly mean you will get breast cancer. SNP’s (single nucleotide polymorphisms) are linked to
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