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A 37-year-old member asked:

Could getting hit with a softball cause breast cancer?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Moon
Radiation Oncology 30 years experience
No: There is no known link between trauma to the breasts and developing breast cancer in the future.
Dr. John Yim
Dr. John Yimanswered
Surgical Oncology 29 years experience
No. : Once in a while i will see a patient that has breast cancer that had trauma similar to being hit with a softball who thinks the trauma caused the breast cancer. There has been no proof that that occurs, but trauma may bring attention to that area of the breast which leads to the diagnosis. If you have a breast mass that you are worried about, don't ignore it even if it seems to be due to trauma.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Please tell me, could i get breast cancer from repeated hits to the breasts?

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Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
No: To my knowledge, repeated breast trauma is not a risk factor. I have to wonder why are you getting frequent hits to the breasts....
A 34-year-old member asked:

Can you get breast cancer from being hit in the breast?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: Violence against women is unacceptable, and hitting a woman in the breast even more so. Fortunately, the mass that is likely to follow this injury is calcified necrosis rather than cancer.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What causes breast cancer to get so much more attention then other cancers?

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Dr. Regina Hampton
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Women: Komen was one of the 1st organizations to help draw attention to breast cancer and bring it out of the shadows.Organizations like komen and avon have funded a large portion of the research and community activities in the country. Women are vocal about issues near and dear to them. Other conditions can get publicity, it takes a person to champion the cause and others to follow.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What causes so many women to get breast cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Our Environment: Most cases of breast cancer in the us are unrelated to genetics and are believed to be due to our environment. Breast cancer is a disease of the modern world and is much less common in developing nations. Whether it is a byproduct of what we breathe and/or what we eat, the exact causes are unclear. However, we do see cancer more commonly in women with early menarche, late menopause, etc.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Which things cause breast cancer and how can I reduce my chance of getting it?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Unknown: There are some increased breast cancer risks associated with obesity, hormone medication use, early age at first menstruation, late age at first childbirth, etc. Only about 15% of breast cancers occur because of genetic inheritance. See this site with more information: http://media.Komen.Org/breastcancer101tool/english/video-player.Html#kbc_01_01.

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