Breast Cancer Synthesis Essay

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Cancer is one of the most deadly disease next to heart disease. Without the proper equipment, many breast cancer could go undiagnosed and overlooked. Nancy McIlhenney was diagnosed with breast cancer ( Invasive lobular carcinoma) back in November 2015, when she noticed a large lump within her breast. When she went to the doctors, they said that the lump she was feeling was fatty tissue but the cancer itself was hidden behind it. Granted that it might be caused by environmental due to radiation being found with in her hometown of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, and being exposed to it for twenty seven plus years.There is still a chance that it could be genetically passed down from her dad 's side of the family because of Ashkenazi Jewish blood …show more content…
But at the time of her diagnosis she had no recollection of having the blood of Ashkenazi. Without genetic testing most people wouldn 't know where their ancestors originated from or if they are a carrier of diseases like breast cancer. There were many factors in play that could have caused the development of breast cancer. First she went to get the mammograms they asked if she wanted a regular Mammogram of the the 3-D one. If she did not get a 3-D mammogram the whole cancer itself would have went undetected, Currently she stresses the importance of mammography to other women who might have a breast cancer gene or at the age to receive one. Without mammograms more people would die from breast cancer, but with the right diagnosis and treatment, the prevention of cancer is …show more content…
One of the most used tool in the discovery of breast cancer is a Mammogram. The definition used to describe a mammogram is “mammogram is composed of two separate X- rays of the breast- a side view and a top view, revealing a great deal about any growth or irregularities” ( Landau 33). They also take images of the other breast to make sure what they think could be the cancer is actually just a fatty tissue that can be present in both areas. “Mammograms does not prevent Breast Cancer, It is a tool to find it” ( Brown 37). There are other factors that make find the tumors difficulty, For example the cancerous tumor can be hiding behind glands or other parts of the breast making it difficult for a regular mammogram to find it. Most doctors recommend for the individuals that might have denser breasts,the 3-D mammogram will have a better chance of locating the

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