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A female asked:

what is a reasonable life expectancy if stage 11b breast cancer in a gererally healthy woman receives no treatments ?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Breast Cancer: this is a question that needs to be asked of your oncologist and your personal physicians. I'm not sure why you or the person with this cancer does not want treatment, I hope this is reconsidered. My grandmother had this horrible disease, she lived another 25 years with treatment, how much life she would have missed including knowing all my kids, I still miss her.

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A 24-year-old female asked:

What are the causes of breast cancer in younger women?

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Dr. Walter Klein
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Usually genetic: In most young women (under age 40) causes of breast cancer are often due to cancer genes that are inherited from one's parents (hereditary syndromes). The most common and best understood genes are brca1 and brca2. There are others and likely several that have not yet been discovered.
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A 28-year-old female asked:

Do women lose their breast regardless of what stage of breast cancer they have?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
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No: The decision between a mastectomy (whole breast out) vs. Lumpectomy (only the tumor out) depends on many factors. Sometimes is a medical decision but very often is a personal decision made by the patient. Each choice has its pros and cons and patients should be well informed so they can make a selection they feel comfortable with.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Which type of treatment should woman 87 have with breast cancer?

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Dr. Scott Moon
Radiation Oncology 30 years experience
Depends what stage..: ...And how healthy she is. Age by itself shouldn't be the factor that dictates her treatments. If it's an early stage cancer with good prognostic features, she may only need the lump removed with surgery +/- anti-hormone pill. She should hear about all her options from a team of specialists including surgeon, med onc, rad onc and pain/palliative care if she's not in good health.
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A 18-year-old male asked about a 18-year-old female:

Its a great honour to meet u....... Sir, can u please tell me the symptoms of breast cancer?In female.. Age 18 years?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
At 18 lost thing to : Worry , is the breast cancer , very very rare , for a cancer age is no exception , if at all develop will appear as painless lump in the breast. At 18 if you are afraid of breast cancer must speak to your doctor, in some anxious people, with phobias may need professional help & counseling.
Dr. Gabriel Goren
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At age 18 this is a remote possibility only. Would not spend time on such negative thought. However, for your calm / reassurance go visit a gynecologist....
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A 37-year-old member asked:

How can a woman get breast cancer?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 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.

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