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Quick Intro To Breast Cancer

Posted Apr 09 2010 10:51pm
Breast Cancer
Cancer is a group of cells that grow rapidly and out of control thus forming an unwanted tissue in the body. This tissue can affect the functions of the area or the organ in which it is present and show some bad effects on it. The cancer tissue is also called as tumor. The tumor that arises in the breast tissues are called as breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the second most leading cancer in women. Its death rate is high. Although this disease is a primary women disease, it also occurs in men at about 1percent. Women always run at a risk of developing the breast cancer throughout the life. Recent survey suggests that the death due to breast cancer is declining sharply due to the treatment methods available.

What are the causes of breast cancer?

The causes of breast cancer are very simple. It is caused mainly due to the gender and age. In women gender is constantly at a risk of developing the breast cancer. Even a born child can be affected with breast cancer. A woman of age 30 is running at risk with 1 in 280 chances of developing breast cancer.

Likewise a woman with age 40 runs at a risk of developing cancer in 1 in 70 chances and so on. So the probability of developing the breast cancer increases as the age progresses. Several studies over different parts of the world suggest that the white women are at a greater risk of developing breast cancer than the dark skinned women in African region.

Hormonal causes

It has been proved that hormonal causes can lead to the development of breast cancer in women. Women who mature at an early stage and end their menopause at an age of 55 can run at a high risk of developing breast cancer. On the other hand, if a person started the periods at a late stage and ends their menopause at an early stage, it helps them from decreasing the risk factor of developing the breast cancer.

Another cause for the breast cancer is when a woman gives birth to a child after the age of 30. This greatly increases the risk of developing the tumor and on the other hand, if a woman gives birth to a child before 30 years of age, then she might have less probability of developing a tumor.

Genetic causes

Genes has been long known as a culprit for many diseases. Genetics also play a role in tumor development. If a mother suffers from breast cancer, the child also runs a risk of developing the breast cancer. In all the patients, about 6 to 10 percent of them are believed to have cancer due to genetic causes.

We all need to understand a bit more exactly what cancer is, so feel free to read more about what is breast cancer .

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