Breast Cancer : Cancer And Cancer

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We have all seen the pink ribbons. They have become a national, if not international symbol for breast cancer support and awareness. Breast cancer knows neither racial boundaries nor age restrictions. Females of all ages and ethnicities can develop breast cancer and it is the leading most common cancer among women. Calling attention to this often fatal disease is important by supporting its victims, families and friends of victims, as well as raising funds for breast cancer research. Though males are not immune from developing a breast cancer, for the purposes of this paper, this paper will be limited to information relating breast cancer in females.
Breast cancers have been plaguing women since ancient times as it was mentioned in almost every recorded period of history. One of the first to note this disease, more than 3,500 years ago, were the Ancient Egyptians when they referred to “bulging tumors of the breast that have no cure”. Hippocrates who is referenced as the father of Western Medicine had his theories about breast cancer. His suggestion was that the cancer was caused by excessive black bile. In A.D. 200, hundreds of years after Hippocrates ventured his thoughts about the disease, Galen also went on the record suggesting that some breast cancer tumors were more serious than others. It was also believed that this cancer affected the entire body rather than being limited to the breasts.

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