Breast Cancer Essay

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Preeclampsia Mia F. Raymond Penn State University Abstract In the year 2011, breast cancer has claimed the lives of 40,931 women in the United States. With that being said, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women regardless of race or ethnicity. It is estimated that another 40,000 lives will be lost in 2014 due to breast cancer. There will be about 190,000 cases of invasive breast cancer and 60,000 new cases of in situ (non-invasive) breast cancer this year. Invasive breast cancer is when abnormal cells break out of the milk ducts or lobules and move to other breast tissue. The cancer can then spread to other parts of the body through the blood stream or the lymphatic system. In situ breast cancer is when abnormal cells grow inside the milk ducts, but have not spread to other breast tissue. This may also be referred to as pre-invasive breast carcinoma. The most important thing to keep in mind is that being diagnosed with breast cancer is not a death sentence. It is a curable disease. Keywords: breast cancer Preeclampsia Breast cancer is a disease where malignant cells form in the tissues of the breast. The damaged cells are then able to spread to surrounding tissue. Luckily, with early detection and treatment, most people are able to live a normal lifestyle. There are two types of breast cancer tumors: benign and malignant. Benign tumors are non-cancerous. In this case doctors will usually not remove the tumor unless it becomes painful and bothersome. Malignant tumors are cancerous because they damage surrounding tissue. When a tumor is suspected to be malignant, a doctor will perform a biopsy to determine the aggressiveness of the tumor. Metastatic cancer is when the cancer cells of the malignant tumor spread to other parts of the body usually through the lymphatic system. Breast Cancer Facts One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast

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