Listen: Breast Cancer, Milk, Hundred Years discussed on Healthcare Triage Podcast
"So when I think of breast cancer, I think of a cancer that is one we've known about for a really long time. So it's actually kind of fascinating is you look through art and literature. We see references to breast cancer way way back, and that's because breast cancer. Unlike a lot of other cancers is one you can actually see and feel without a big scans or a really neat technology. So why does breast cancer seemed to dominate our dialogue so much wise. It seemed to be the cancer that people think about all the time, you know, breast cancer is one that has an amazing history, both politically, and I think socially, and I think in part because it arises in the breast so it has implications of privacy, sexuality cosmos's a variety of other things. In addition to being the most common cancer to claim lives for women. And so obviously through earlier periods in social history. It became one of do. I wanna talk about this. Do I want to tell people about this to one that has really become an empowered topic one that I think women and patients family and friends feel very empowered to do the. Right things to make things better. Why is it the cancer? That claims the lives of most women. I mean, it just it just evolutionary it just seems why does breast cancer seemed to occur so often. Is you really great question. What we know is that is disease of aging in as the population continues to live longer. We're seeing more incidents of cancer in general. And as we do with breast cancer. Interestingly a breast cancer starts in the normal. Ducktail sells the milk ducts that were the cells go awry and become cancerous. And what we know is that over time that these cells within the milk ducts can accumulate mutations in once they do transform and become cancerous. Why exactly these particular cells are more susceptible to cancer compared to some others? Actually, we don't know completely. We believe it probably has to do with the fact that it's undergone what we call more of Aleutian more cell divisions. But to this point, we really don't know is it something that's always been there. I mean have have women throughout history have had. Sort of a very high death rate of cancer from breast cancer. Or is this something that has changed socially in the last hundred years, I'm asking this question because I read an article I got us how many years ago where people are trying to make the argument or scientists I should say we're trying."