Breast Cancer : The Leading Cause Of Cancer Death Among Women

1061 Words Nov 4th, 2016 5 Pages
Breast Cancer Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women. About 2.8 million women that live in United States have a history of breast cancer. The disease can be seen in men, but is more frequently seen in women. To give a better understanding about the cancer, I have decided to talk about the following; the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and awareness of breast cancer. Having a mother who has had breast cancer will double their daughters risk of breast cancer. The first most common symptom that people experience “are usually an area of thickened tissue in the woman’s breast, or a lump” (Nordqvist). Other symptoms that people have to be cautious for is nipple tenderness, change in the skin texture; becomes scaly, red, or swollen, unexplained change in the size or shape, unexplained swelling or shrinkage on one side only, nipple that is slightly inward or inverted, and clear or bloody discharge in the nipple. If a person is experiencing any of those symptoms they should get medical attention as soon as they possibly can. Usually women are diagnosed with breast cancer after symptoms are found. Women are encouraged to get screening tests every other year. The screening test is important because it can catch breast cancer early before any symptoms develop. A recommendation that The United States Preventive Services Task Force is “that women who are 50 to 74 years old and are at average risk for breast cancer get a mammogram every two years” (Centers for…

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