Breast Cancer Essay

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Breast cancer is a frightening disease. It can be fatal, and while two thirds of the cases occur among mature women, it also strikes younger females and about nine thousand males each year. The fear generated by breast cancer is intensified by the somewhat shocking reality that breast cancer has actually increased over the last fifty years. In 1940, a woman had a one-in-twenty chance of developing the disease, while today one out of every eight women will get breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, every three minutes somewhere a woman is diagnosed with it. Yet despite all of the media attention about breast cancer, most people don’t know very much about the illness.
     Cancer is a group of
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At this point it probably has already spread to other organs in the body like the liver or lungs, where it will form secondary tumors.
     Two forms of cancer affect the breast they are ductal carcinoma and lobular carcinoma. Ductal carcinoma the commonest form of breast cancer, begins in the lining of the breast’s ducts. The thin tubes connecting various parts of the breast and which lead to the nipple. Lobular carcinoma is found in the breast’s lobules.
     There are several difference risk factors of breast cancer. As you age the chances of getting breast cancer increases. If you have a family history of breast cancer your risk increases. Women who begin menstruation before age 12 have a higher risk. Women who undergo late menopause or after 50 have a higher risk.
Women who had a child before age 30 are less likely to develop breast cancer. Some research suggests that women who have a

diet high in fat are at greater risk of breast cancer. This is not proven but some believe women who drink alcohol may be at higher risk. Some also believe that estrogen enhances the chances of breast cancer. But this research continues with women taking birth control and hormone therapy.
     Some other factors that have been researched are that women of higher income and education seem to have more breast cancer. Women whose roots can be traced to the Mediterranean area also seem to

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