Breast Cancer Research Paper

2572 words 11 pages
Breast Cancer Research Paper

We have been taught and are reminded frequently by public service announcements and by the medical community that when a woman discovers a lump on her breast she should go to the doctor immediately. Some women who have inflammatory breast cancer may remain undiagnosed for long periods, even while seeing their doctor to learn the cause of her symptoms. “Our mission is to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and genetic research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health.” This is a mission statement made from Evelyn H. Lauder. She is the founder of The Breast Cancer
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A study showed that women using birth control pills have a slightly greater risk of breast cancer. Hormone replacement therapy - Most studies suggest that use of HRT for relief of menopause symptoms for more than 5 years may slightly increase the risk of breast cancer. Women who have 2 to 5 drinks daily have about 1 1/2 times the risk of women who drink no alcohol. There are several symptoms of breast cancer. Early cancer may not show any symptoms at all but as time goes by and the cancer grows, there may be symptoms. You may get a lump or a thickening in or near the breast. Change in its shape or contour, swelling, thickening, pore enlargement, retraction or dry skin of the nipple, nipple discharge, pain or tenderness. It is usually found in a person’s breast as a hard lump that is painless. In some cases, pain and tenderness may occur. Bloody discharges occur in about 33% of patients with breast cancer. Your breast may also begin to look and feel different. Your breasts may look like an orange peel with ridges and pitting of the breast. Your breasts and nipples may also become warm, swollen, red, or scaly. Types of breast cancer include Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) is an early type of breast cancer. This type develops within the milk duct but it generally has no symptoms. This type of breast cancer is non-invasive, which means it “stays” where it is developed in. Even so, if it is left untreated, it may eventually spread into other parts of the breast.

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