“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 based on three key points of interest; (1) Understanding breast cancer; (2) Staging and proper diagnosis of breast cancer; (3) Medical advances in preventions and cures. It will address the many causes and risks factors, a scientific system for diagnosing, as well as showcase any new treatments that may be beneficial to the cancer community. In addition, it will display statistical data that reinforces the idea of awareness and early detection lowering incidence rate and increasing life span in patients. A personal testimony, as well several interviews about the awareness of breast cancer in the community will also fortify the reasoning behind the paper. Breast cancer will not go away if people in the community ignore it; it will take constant avocation, knowledge, prevention, and treatment to assure that every woman and man lives breast cancer free.
What is cancer, breast cancer specifically?
Cancer is “a group of diseases in which cells developed the ability to invade surrounding tissues and potentially metastasize the distant site.” (cancer.org) As it metastasizes through the blood vessels to different places in the body, it can infect many areas including the brain and bones. Moreover, breast cancer specifically is a group of malignant cells in the breast that invade the breast tissue and can metastasize. There are many forms of breast cancer and they all depend on where the tumor starts or its dominant location. 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,...