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Are there any ways to prevent breast cancer?

Are there any ways to prevent breast cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


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How can I prevent breast cancer?

How can I prevent breast cancer?

CHEMOPREVENTION : Women at high risk for breast cancer may reduce their cancer risk by as much as 50% by taking tamoxifen or Raloxifene for 5 years. These drugs are not without side effects or risks; consult with a breast surgeon or a medical oncologist to learn the pro's and con's. ...Read more

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How do you prevent breast cancer?

How do you prevent breast cancer?

You can't: Generally we think a healthy lifestyle, avoiding known hazards (smoking, excessive alcholol, etc) , getting excercise, appropriate weight etc can be beneficial to overall health. No magic strategy to prevent breast cancer. Most docs in practice still believe screening mammography is indicated at 40, as death rates have plummeted with early detection and treatment. ...Read more

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How can you prevent breast cancer?

How can you prevent breast cancer?

Healthy weight: We are not able to control most risk factors for breast cancer, such as being female, aging, and family history. We can control our weight, as obesity is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. In addition we can perform routine screening. Early detection leads to the best chance of a cure. Limit your alcohol intake, have babies, breast feed, and increase your physical activity. ...Read more

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How can you prevent breast cancer?

How can you prevent breast cancer?

Weight and smoking: There are many known and unknown factors for the risk of breast cancer - these include genetic factors, gender, age, age when menstrual cycles started, history of radiation exposure to the chest area. These factors cannot be modified. So the risk factors that you can modify are: being overweight, excessive use of alcohol, and smoking. Most importantly, do breast exams and get your mammogram. ...Read more

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How can you prevent breast cancer from happening?

How can you prevent breast cancer from happening?

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. ...Read more

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Can having your breasts removed prevent breast cancer?

It can.....: But I do not recommend it in the absence of a really good reason such as positive brca genes. :). ...Read more

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

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

Healthy weight: We are not able to control most risk factors for breast cancer, such as being female, aging, and family history. We can control our weight, as obesity is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. In addition we can perform routine screening. Early detection leads to the best chance of a cure. Limit your alcohol intake, have babies, breast feed, and increase your physical activity. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer be prevented?

Can breast cancer be prevented?

Yes with surgery: Mastectomy of both breasts will be recommended to prevent the development of breast cancer in patients who carry genetic abnormality such as brca 1 or 2 as this genetic abnormality will increase their risk to have breast cancer and ovarian cancer significantly. Tamoxifen is given to patients with high risk feature like precancerous /in situ to reduce risk for recurrence of in situ or cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Breast carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Symptoms can include breast lumps, pain, and weight ...Read more