A pink rose to commemorate those affected by breast cancer. A look at  Breast Cancer
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   Welcome to "A Look at Breast Cancer"

Initially, I was going to do my project on a totally different topic. Yet, when a close associate at work became ill with breast cancer once again after just celebrating ten blessed years of being cancer-free, I decided that learning about this disease was much more important.

Why study breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a huge killer of women today, but its former inevitable deadliness can now be somewhat prevented due to new findings in diagnosis and treatment. There are approximately fifteen separate types of breast cancer which are titled according to the past of the breast where it originates. Ductal carcinomas make up the largest group and begin in the breast ducts. Another group that makes up only a small percentage of cancer is aptly called lobular carcinomas because it starts in the lobules. These are located in the fatty tissue of the breast.

More cancer occurs in the upper, outer part of the left breast, than in the whole left breast. To rid cancerous tumors, the area must be removed surgically, killed with chemotherapy, or killed with radiation therapy. Breast cancer occurs mostly in women over 40, yet it has been known to strike younger females and even about 9,000 males annually. In “Breast Cancer,” Elaine Landau says, “According to the National Cancer Institute, every three minutes, another woman is diagnosed with it (cancer).”

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