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A 32-year-old member asked:

what should i do if i think i have breast cancer?

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Dr. Barry Kahn
Pathology 31 years experience
Be proactive: I would probably begin with a visit to your primary care physician, who could examine you and send you for appropriate next steps, if necessary. Alternately, you could make an appointment at a comprehensive breast center in your area for a breast exam and a mammogram.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

I have a problem with breast cancer races, think it trivializes the disease. Anyone else?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Perhaps, but...: ...It also raises awareness about the disease, provides an opportunity for friends & family to support survivors, raises money to help others, and allows people to memorialize those that may have succumbed to this cancer. I have seen a lot of good that has come from these events but its clearly not for everyone.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Should i go see my doctor if i think i might have breast cancer?

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Dr. Tushar Patel
Radiology 26 years experience
Yes: Over the age of 40, you should have annual mammograms, and annual doctor exam of your breasts. You should perform monthly self breast exam as well. If you still concerned about your breast health, in between your routine doctor visits and routine screening tests, then you should see your doctor anyway.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you guys tell me how big is a breast cancer lump?

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Dr. Kenneth Lee
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
Depends: Breast cancer can be diagnosed with a not palpable (not able to be felt) abnormality seen on mammogram to a large palpable (able to be felt by a patient or physician) to an obvious mass growing through the skin. This spectrum of presentation can make the diagnosis difficult. See your physician immediately if there are questions.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How long is the average life expectancy of secondry breast cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Everyone's different: Survival rates are most appropriately applied to large groups of patients; it's impossible to give such a number for one person, especially without knowing her own unique situation. As a generalization, we usually talk about "remission" rather than "cure" when breast cancer has spread to other organs (stage 4) yet people can live for years, especially if it is sensitive to medication.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Do you think I should I get checked for breast cancer at 20?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Self-exam: Call me old-fashioned, but i believe that a woman does herself a huge service by performing monthly self-exam. If you have a striking family history of breast cancer, getting checked for brca1 / brca2 may be worthwhile. Otherwise, i don't think most physician believe that the risks / expense / hazards of mammography are worth it at your age.

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