The Pros And Cons Of Breast Cancer

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It is not known exactly what causes breast cancer, however “It is estimated that in 2015 there will be 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer, 62,290 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) of the breast will be found (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer), and about 40,290 deaths from breast cancer.” (The American Cancer Society 2014, September 9). Other than skin cancer and second only to lung cancer, breast cancer is the leading death among women in the United States. While it isn’t known what causes breast cancer there is some thought that certain risk factors may aid in the cause such as gender, aging, lifestyle, smoking, drinking, and diet. Having risk factors does not mean someone will get breast cancer, nor not having any risk …show more content…
Yes approx. 1 in 10 women who have breast cancer have been found to have the inherited gene. (, n.d.) Although, even if there is someone in your family that has had breast cancer, there is no real evidence to prove that another family member will indeed get breast cancer.
Early detection through self-examination, and mammogram screening for breast cancer can save thousands of lives each year. Mammogram screening at age 50 is recommend every two years, however depending on one’s history mammograms can be done at any age. Treatment for breast cancer will depend on how early it is caught. “Surgery is considered primary treatment for early-stage breast cancer; many patients are cured with surgery alone. The goals of breast cancer surgery include complete resection of the primary tumor with negative margins to reduce the risk of local recurrences and pathologic staging of the tumor and axillary lymph nodes (ALNs) to provide necessary prognostic information.” Stopeck, A. (n.d.). With all the new technology and the awareness to date more and more women and men are able to call their selves breast cancer

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