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Are there any ways to prevent breast cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: Studies have shown that women at high risk for breast cancer may have a 50% reduction in breast cancer by taking tamoxifen or Raloxifene for 5 years. Furthermore, women with the hereditary predisposition to developing breast cancer (brca mutations) may prevent the development of breast cancer by undergoing a double-mastectomy.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 18 years experience
Weight: Studies have shown that overweight individuals have a higher risk of developing multiple types of cancers including breast. Maintaining a healthy body weight is one way to help prevent cancers.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can breast cancer be prevented?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Some cases: Unfortunately, we only have limited knowledge of the specific causes of breast cancer, making it difficult to identify methods to prevent it. Nevertheless, women at high risk for breast cancer may take tamoxifen for "chemoprevention": 5 years of therapy may reduce their lifetime risk of developing breast cancer by as much as 50%.
A 25-year-old member asked:

Can I do anything to prevent myself from getting breast cancer?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 35 years experience
Yes.: While we do not have a clear understanding of why people get breast cancer, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a low-fat diet, avoidance of tobacco and alcohol, and exercise, can help. In addition, women at high risk for breast cancer can take tamoxifen for 5 years, which can reduce their risk of cancer development by 50%.
Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine 44 years experience
Tamoxifen or raloxifene can help prevent breast cancer.
Feb 15, 2012
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen commented
General Surgery 35 years experience
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True that! I still favor Tam over Evista due to the former's effect on DCIS, but, have switched to Evista if side-effects entered into the equation.
Feb 15, 2012
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of breast cancer and what are the measures needed to prevent it?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
I wish we knew!: We really don't know what causes breast cancer. We do know that women with a long exposure to estrogen are at a higher risk. If you started your period early, or never got pregnant, you have more estrogen exposure. But these are things you can't really change. However, alcohol intake is associated with breast cancer, so decrease how much you drink. And lower your body fat. And avoid bpa plastics.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how to prevent breast cancer or other breast diseases from happening?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 36 years experience
Can't avoid cancer: You should live a healthy life, eat well, exercise, limit alcohol and avoid illicit drugs, risky sex, and any kind of tobacco. Be aware of those risk factors you can't change (like family history) and discuss it with your doc to get the age and risk-specific screening tests for you. Sadly, nobody can totally avoid cancer or illness in general so do your best to enjoy the gift of every day.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How can you prevent breast cancer from happening?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Cash
General Surgery 32 years experience
You can't: The biggest risk is being female and getting older. Other risk factors include having babies after 30, not having any babies at all, menopause at a later age, or hormone replacement therapy. Less than10% of people who develop breast cancer have an inherited gene, called the brca gene. Get your mammograms yearly to detect it early when cure is highest. Exercise, and stay at your ideal weight.

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