Breast Cancer​

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"Breast cancer,"Google.Web. 9.Nov 2009.
"Breast cancer,"Google.Web. 9.Nov 2009.

By: Christina Cassidy, Sarah Milcic, & Meghan Wheeler


Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. It was discovered in 1994. 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lives. The older you get, your chances of breast cancer increases. Most women get it when they are 50 or older, but you can also get it when you're young.

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"Breast Cancer Cell." Google.Web.9. Nov 2009.

Breast cancer rates have increased over the years. The cancer is a malignant tumor. A malignant tumor can grow into surrounding tissue. If it is not caught soon it could end up traveling through the blood stream and spread throughout the body.

Divisions of Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is separated into two groups: invasive and noninvasive.Non-invasive is when the cancer cells do not travel out of the surround tissues and throughout the body. However, invasive breast cancer is more likely to turn into a more serious invasive cancer because it travels. Once the cancer gets into your blood stream, it can end up almost anywhere in your body.

Breast Cancer Causes
Breast cancer can develop because of many different reasons.It can be inherited, it can be caused because of drug and alcohol addiction, or even working too late. (Stress) Around 5-10% of breast cancer is hereditary. Women who inherit the genes BRCA1and BRCA2 are more likely to get breast cancer. 85% of women do not have family history, 10% do have history and 51% have genetic abnormalities.

Deciding which breast cancer treatment to undergo is based off of the type of breast cancer you have and its stage. The most common procedures are a lumpectomy and a mastectomy. Then radiation treatment or chemotherapy is used to keep cancer from coming back. A lumpectomy is the removal of the tumor and some surrounding tissue. A masectomy is the removal of the tumor and all surrounding tissue. Radiation therapy is the use of high-powered beams of energy to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to destroy cancer.


If you would like to find out more or help find a cure for breast cancer you can visit Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation at and also ,,

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