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A 47-year-old member asked:

how do you tell if you have breast cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Mammogram, etc.: The best test to screen for breast cancer is a mammogram. Most organizations in the us recommend beginning this at age 40, unless one is at high risk. This may be supplemented by yearly physician examination and monthly breast self-examination.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
See a doctor: You could perform breast self examination for a new breast lump. But you would need to see a doctor for a physical examination, and a yearly mammogram with possible breast ultrasound after age 40 to look for early subtle changes.
Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery 23 years experience
Biopsy: In order to make a true diagnosis, a biopsy should be obtained. This can be done in an office or radiology center under local anesthesia. A core needle biopsy is performed using ultrasound or stereotactic (using a mammogram). The results are available in 24-72 hours.
Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Screening: Proper screening with self breast exams looking for new lumps, breast exams by your physician looking for skin or nipple chanes as well as masses or lymph nodes, and mammogram and ultrasound if needed are the best ways to pick up early stage breast cancer before it causes any symptoms. Once advanced it can cause many different symptoms throughout the body.
Dr. Alfred Parkhill Hand
Radiology 21 years experience
Go to this: Go to this link for a more thorough answer than i can give you in this space: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/breast-cancer/ds00328/dsection=symptoms and of course, you should see your doctor if you are concerned, asap.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Medical evaluation.: Breast cancer sx’s can include a mass. Masses that are painless, irregular ; hard are more suggestive of cancer but they can also be tender, painful ; soft. Swelling of breast; thickened, red, skin; non-milky nipple discharge; new retraction of nipple, puckering or irritation of skin or pain ; sometimes swollen lymph nodes under arm(s). Seek med eval if you have suspicious symptoms.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
No - you would need: To be evaluated. Breast cancer sx’s can include a mass. Masses that are painless, irregular ; hard are more suggestive of cancer but they can also be tender, painful ; soft. Swelling of breast; thickened, red, skin; non-milky nipple discharge; new retraction of nipple, puckering or irritation of skin or pain ; sometimes swollen lymph nodes under arm(s). Seek med eval if you have suspicious sx's.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Mass: A dominant mass found by you, or a suspicious mammography can mass, needs to be biopsies for diagnosis.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How can doctors tell if I have breast cancer?

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Dr. John Rimmer
General Surgery 39 years experience
Biopsy: Doctors diagnose breast cancer by taking a history and doing a physical exam and looking at mammograms and breast ultrasounds the tissue diagnosis is made after a biopsy which takes a small piece of a mass and examines it under a microscope.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you guys tell me how can 1 have breast cancer if 1 does not have breasts?

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Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 24 years experience
Hmmmmm?: It is like being able to see with out eyes. To have breast cancer you need breast tissue
A 42-year-old member asked:

Please tell me the signs of breast cancer?

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Dr. Jon Strasser
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Varies: Often no signs - if picked up on mammogram. Otherwise a growing mass in the breast, or lung in the armpit, nipple discharge or inversion, edema of the breast, or redness of the breast.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how breast cancer happen?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
One mutant cell: One normal cell inside your breast mutates (becomes abnormal), and begins to grow. The normal "stop" signal that tell a cell to stop dividing doesn't work, so the cells keep dividing. One cell becomes two, two become four, four become eight, etc. It takes millions of cancer cells to form a tumor you can feel. I hope that helps!
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A 20-year-old female asked:

What's a tale tell sign you have breast cancer ?

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Dr. Roy Arnold
Internal Medicine 47 years experience
Breast cancer: extremely rare at age 20. In women who do have breast cancer a lump you can feel or retraction of the nipple where none was before can be signs. If you are concerned please see your doctor. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!

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