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Inverse boundary problem with the Maxwell Equations : an alternative method to breast cancer detection

Heeringa, T.J. (2017) Inverse boundary problem with the Maxwell Equations : an alternative method to breast cancer detection.

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Abstract:In the modern age cancer has become a great burden. For the United States alone 1.688.780 are expected to be diagnosed with cancer and 600.920 are expected to die of cancer in the year 2017. The most prevalent diagnosis is expected to be breast cancer with 255.180 new cases. Even though only 41.070 people are expected to die of breast cancer, people are still dieing.[8] In figure 1 the number of deaths due to cancer can be seen. The number of deaths for most cancers has been falling since the 1990’s. For breast cancer on of the things responsible for reducing the number of deaths due to cancer is the advent of regular screening. Since it is usually a bit too late already, if someone falls ill due to a tumor, and since tumors can be spotted before they cause any significant damage, regular screening has been introduced. The regular screening consists of a 2D mammography and clinical examination, which can be followed by a series of other tests in case these were not conclusive or showed that something is not right. In the United States regular screening is recommended by the American Cancer Society annually for persons over 45 years old given that they are expected to live another 10 years. From the age of 55 onward the person can also do a screening biennially. The American Cancer Society also recommends that people between 40 and 44 should have the option to begin annual screening.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:TNW: Science and Technology
Subject:33 physics
Programme:Applied Mathematics BSc (56965)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/74623
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