Breast Cancer : The Most Common Form Of Cancer

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Breast Cancer is the most common form of cancer found in women in the United states and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. Although it is more common in women, men can also develop breast cancer as it forms through cells in the breast. As stated by the cancer center of America “The milk-producing ducts and glands are the two most likely areas to develop cancerous cells.” This is why it is most common in females, as males lack the ducts and glands that women have making them more vulnerable to develop cancerous cells. In 2012, 224,147 women and 2,125 men in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer. (cdc.gov) Of those 224,147 women 41,150 died and of the 2,125 men 405 died. Based on those statistics, the mortality rate is about 18% for women and about 19% for men. Granted, the mortality rate does vary per type of breast cancer. The most-deadly form of breast cancer is metastatic breast cancer, which is defined as the spreading of cancer from the breast to other parts of the body such as lung, liver, and in severe cases bones and the brain.

Metastatic breast cancer can spread in a variety of different ways, the first being invasion of healthy cells by cancer cells. Once the healthy cell has been taken over it can begin to reproduce more abnormal cells, which is why cancer cells grow so uncontrollably. Some other ways the cancer spreads incudes’, lodging into capillaries, penetrating the lymph system, migration through circulation, or just

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