Sep 21, 2011

7 FAQs About Breast Cancer

1.    What is the breast cancer?
Breast cancer is a malignant tumor derived from breast tissue. Malignancy itself is a group of cancer cells to invade surrounding tissues and can also spread to other parts of the body that are not directly related to the affected area.

2.    How does it occur?
This disease is caused by a mutation or abnormal changes in our genes that trigger cancer cell growth. Generally what happens in our bodies is that when old cells die, they will be replaced with new ones. If a mutation occurs, cells grow and multiply rapidly out of control to form a tumor. The malignant tumor is what we call cancer.
3.    What are the warning signs?
One of the most common symptoms of the disease is the presence of a breast lump. Abnormal growths can also be found in the lymph nodes under the armpit. Other symptoms include a change in the size, shape and sensitivity of the breast, nipple inversion, skin dimpling, and clear or bloody discharge from the nipple.
4.    I have my family history of breast cancer. Can I inherit the disease?
Any woman or man can be afflicted by the disease, regardless of family history. Although the real history of family increases your risk of getting cancer, in fact, only 10-15% of cases of breast cancer are expected to be caused by an inherited gene mutation. About 80% of women who are diagnosed with the disease have no family history of disease.
5.    What factors can increase the risk of contracting cancer?
The disease can be caused by several factors, including gender, age, race, and birth and breastfeeding. Women aged 55 or older or those who give birth for the first time after age 30 are more likely to have cancer. United States, white women are also more likely than African American women. On the other hand, Aboriginal women's risk of American, Asian and Latin American lower.
6.    Is that also occur in men?
The disease can also occur in men, but very rarely. But the cases of breast cancer in men tend to be more serious due to delays in diagnosis.
7.    I am a recently diagnosed with cancer. Is there a cure? What are my chances of survival?
The survival of the disease depends largely on what stage is less. The sooner it is detected, can be cured. Thanks to modern medical technology, new diagnostic techniques provide a more accurate diagnosis. A patient may undergo treatments such as hormone therapy, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery, depending on the type and stage of cancer.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer and the second most deadly in women. Visit our site to learn more about cancer as well.

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simply kim said...

that's scary. my employer died recently because of breast cancer.. thanks so much for sharing such informative post!

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