Dr. Harness explains what causes breast cancer in patients.
What caused your breast cancer is some aberrance, some change in the normal growth mechanism that goes on at the cell level. Something goes wrong which controls the growth of cells but more importantly, something goes wrong that has the cancer cells or the abnormal cells not dying. It is a loss of normal control mechanisms of how cells grow, how cells die, where there is a loss of a check in balance.
Now, what happens to cause those molecular changes, in the vast majority of cancers it is not known at this time. It will be known in the future. One of the terms for cancer cells is immortal cells. By that we mean that the cells can grow unencumbered, unchecked by the normal balances that we have in the growth of cells throughout our body.
About Dr. Harness. M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology. Graduating medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducting his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery, Dr. Harness is the immediate past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and is President-elect of Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness can assist patients in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
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