Essay on Breast Cancer : Cancer And Cancer

725 Words Feb 10th, 2016 3 Pages
Breast cancer is one of the leading cancers that affect a myriad of people in today’s society. “About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.” (Breast Cancer, 2016). Some people diagnosed with this type of cancer could have the opportunity to detect it early on due to screenings or self-evaluations. However despite early detection, it does not guarantee that the cancer can be treated in its entirety. Different stage levels decide the degree in which the breast cancer has spread. In stage I, the site of origination is the only place where the cancer is. This makes it easier to treat. However in stage IV, otherwise known as metastatic breast cancer, the cancer has spread to other parts of the body besides the breast and lymph nodes. (John Hopkins Medicine, 2016). The treatment becomes more difficult for metastatic breast cancer because of the systemic spread to the rest of the body. Those with metastatic breast cancer have different treatment options available to them. The goal for these patients is not necessarily to cure the cancer, but to control its growth from further spreading. It is important to understand and become aware of these different treatments because of how common breast cancer is in our lives today.

Treatments for stage IV breast cancer are determined by many factors. According to Susan G. Komen (2015), characteristics of the cancer cells, where the cancer has spread, the symptoms, and past breast cancer…

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