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About breast cancer

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Updated: 1/14/2003 2:29 pm
Breast cancer is a disease that mainly affects women and is most often discovered in the form of a lump on the breast. Most lumps that are found in women's breasts are benign, meaning that they're not cancerous or life threatening. When a tumor turns out to be malignant, however, it can be life threatening. Physicians estimate that breast cancer will soon be the most common form of cancer. The mortality rate of women with breast cancer has been decreasing over the last several years though, thanks in part to awareness programs. Treatment methods usually include radiation and chemotherapy treatments as well as surgical removal of part of or all of the breast tissue. Women whose relatives have breast cancer are at risk of developing it themselves. It's important that you begin checking your own breasts when you turn 20 and have regular mammograms performed after the age of 30.

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