Breast Cancer

By Jacob Roberts and Brigid Casey

Information On Breast Cancer

Definition:

Breast cancer is a disease in which the cells in the breast grow rapidly.

Symptoms:

The symptoms of breast cancer usually are in the form of lumps in the breast, but also can include any unusual alteration in the breast.

How Prevalent It Is:

One in eight women have or will have breast cancer, that is around 12% of the U.S. population.

Diagnosis:

Technology has improved over the years and now we have four major diagnostic techniques for determining if a person has breast cancer, those include mammograms, ultrasound, breast biopsy, and an MRI.

Causes:

There is no exact reason as to why the cells within the breast change, leading to breast cancer, but some believe hormones may play a role in it but do not understand why.

Cellular Level:

Genes within the cell change, which can cause breast cancer.

Treatments:

To treat breast cancer surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are the three ways to go. To help prevent breast cancer, it is important to stay healthy, fit, and restrict alcohol.

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