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Breast Cancer

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Kelly Rice 3/13/12 Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer deaths in women today and is the most common cancer amongst women, excluding skin cancers. According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.2 million people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year worldwide. The rates of getting this disease will rise unless we can find a cure.

Breast cancer always begins with a tumor much like most other forms of cancer. The earliest changes occur in the epithelial cells of the terminal end buds of the breast milk ductal system. The cells in the breast begin rapidly increasing without any cause. While the process of how this happens is still unknown, the cells in the breast trigger a reaction of cell reproduction. These cancer cells will now cause tumors. If the cells are extremely active the tumor will grow rapidly. The tumors feel like small unusual bumps which are why they say to do routine self breast examinations. This is a worldwide problem found in women and men also. Women are more prone to this, but it’s not impossible for it to happen to a male. The average woman is said to have a one in thirty chance of getting breast cancer, but sadly it is also genetic. So if someone in your family has had the disease your chances will rise. There are many theories as to why this happens, such as alcohol intake, smoking, underwire bras, weight gain, anti perspirants, birth control, stress and the environment you live in. Some of these theories have been proven to be a far-fetched, like the underwire bras and deodorant, but they are still theories all the same. where you live is a highly popular theory. There are organizations such as 1 in 9 who strongly support the idea that industrial pollution is raising the rates of breast cancer on long island. These organizations have a very strong commitment to examine every possible scenario...

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