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Ms. Melissa Essay

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Breast Cancer is a Chronic Disease.
Breast cancer is a type of cancer originating from breast tissue, most commonly from the inner lining of milk ducts or the lobules that supply the ducts with milk. Breast cancer occurs in humans and other mammals. While it is most common in women, males can get it also. Male breast cancer is not uncommon and must be taken seriously.
The first sign of breast cancer often is a breast lump. Breast cancer stages range from early, curable breast cancer to metastatic breast cancer, with a variety of breast cancer treatments. Symptoms of breast cancer are A lump in the breast or underarm that persists. These lumps are normally painless. Lumps are visible on a mammogram long before they can be seen or felt. Other symptoms are swelling in the armpit, any ...view middle of the document...

Knowing the limiting how much alcohol you drink or exercising regularly can decrease your breast cancer risk is important. Studies of breastfeeding suggest that is may slightly lower breast cancer risk.
Risk factors you cannot change are
Gender, Simply being a women is the main risk factor for developing breast cancer. Men can develop breast cancer, but this disease is about 100 times more common among women than men.
Age: the risk of developing breast cancer increases as you get older. About 1 out of 8 invasive breast cancers are found in women younger than 45, while about 2 of 3 invasive breast cancers are found in women age 55 or older.
Genetics: About 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, making that they result directly from gene defects inherited from a parent. BRCA! And BRCA 2 is the most common cause of hereditary breast cancer.
Race: overall, White women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than African Americans women.
Some factors you can change are:
Studies show that physical activity in the form of exercise reduces breast cancer risk.
Several studies have suggested that women that work at night may have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Researcher’s think the effect may be due to changes in levels of melatonin, a hormone whose production is affected by body’s exposure to light.
Several studies have found that breast implants do not increase the risk of breast cancer; Implants make it harder to see breast tissue on standard mammograms. Breast implants may be linked to a rare type of lymphoma call anaplastic. This lymphoma has rarely been found in breast tissue around the implants. There are too few cases to know if the risk of lymphoma is really higher in women that have implants.

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