Essay on Breast Cancer- Awareness in Females

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Introduction- “What is breast cancer? How does it relate to women today? When is it appropriate to talk to a doctor?” These questions are all questions that women today ask each other, various health professionals, and doctors. As the most recognized form of cancer in the United States breast cancer affects so many women today. It is a disease that does not distinguish between race, religion and social status. In more recent cases, many young women are being diagnosed with aggressive forms of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer found in women today; without the proper knowledge, prevention, and treatment of the disease, it will continue to affect women and few men in the community. The research paper will be…show more content…
Breast cancer can be classified in two ways: invasive (spreads to surrounding tissues) or noninvasive (remains in area where the tumor first formed). Within the invasive and noninvasive classification, tumors can be divided further based on where the tumor is located. Lobular Carcinoma tumors form in the lobules or the milk glands; the invasive form of this cancer (Invasive Lobular Carcinoma, ILC) affects about one in ten women (10%). Ductal Carcinoma tumors form in the milk ducts; the invasive form of this cancer (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, IDC) affects about eight in ten women (80%). The remaining 10% includes noninvasive breast cancers as well as metastatic and recurrent forms of cancer. History of Breast Cancer According to Dr. Ananya Mandal, MD of the News-Medidcal.Net, “Breast Cancer has been known to mankind since ancient times. It has been mentioned in almost every period of recorded history”. (News-medical.net, 2013) It is believed that ancient Egyptians had documentations of early breast cancer. The Greek physician Hippocrates believed that a woman’s womb could travel throughout her body and cause sickness in the breast and other foreign places. In the nineteenth century, doctors began to improve their health practices by using cleaned and sterilized instruments, thus control of the cancer became possible. The twentieth century introduced new forms of
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