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Introduction Breast cancer is only one of 200 different types of cancer It is considered a womans disease but both men and women have the disease Every year more than 200000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer Twelve percent of all women will get the disease and 35 of them will die Breast cancer is the leading cause of death among women who are 40 to 55 years old Cancer occurs when cells divide uncontrollably Cells keep dividing even though new cells are not needed Change from normal to cancerous cells requires gene alterations Altered genes and uncontrolled growth may lead to tumors These tumors can be benign NOT cancerous or malignant cancerous Benign tumors wont spread but it can damage tissues around it Malignant tumors invade damage and destroy nearby tissues and can spread Cancer can spread throughout the body when cancer cells break away from malignant tumors and enter the bloodstream Cancer cells from breast cancer are mostly found in the lymph nodes under the arm when it spreads When cancer spreads to other parts of the body it has the same name as the original cancer So if you breast cancer ends up in your lungs it is still called breast cancer Breast cancer usually occur in women between the ages of 35 and 65 even though fifty percent of all breast cancer are of women sixty-five and older The chances of women getting breast cancer has risen within the last couple decades Between 1973 and 1989 the chance of getting breast cancer rose on average at 17 per year In 1960 one out of twenty women had breast cancer Sadly it is now one out of nine Causes Even though the exact cause of cancer is unknown there are many factors that increase your chance of getting the disease These factors only account for only 30 of all cases of breast cancer The other 70 are unknown Family members with
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