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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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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


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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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How to prevent hereditary breast cancer?

How to prevent hereditary breast cancer?

See below: Keep current on mammography. Stop smoking, maintain an ideal body weight. Depending on how strong your family history is, and if you have a proven genetic mutation, you could be a candidate for prophylactic mastectomy, with or without removal of the ovaries. Visit with a medical oncologist to find out your options. ...Read more

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Does tamoxifen help prevent breast cancer?

Does tamoxifen help prevent breast cancer?

And new primaries: Tamoxifen blocks estrogen and Progesterone receptors which when stimulated can cause remnant cancer cells to be stimulated to grow back and also can cause normal cells to be overstimulated to develop into new hormonally sensitive cancer. Statistically it reduces the chance of recurrence by 30% and reduces the chance of a second primary by 50%. ...Read more

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How can you prevent hereditary breast cancer?

How can you prevent hereditary breast cancer?

Risk assessment : If you are concerned about an inherited predisposition for cancer, you should visit a health professional with expertise in cancer risk assessment who will do a good interview, a physical exam, and a thorough family history. Based on that he/she will decide what tests to order and what to do to reduce your risk. It is not a cookie cutter approach. Best regards. ...Read more

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Is flaxseed thought to prevent breast cancer?

Is flaxseed thought to prevent breast cancer?

No: Only moderate amounts of ground flaxseeds, up to two to three tablespoons per day at most, should be eaten. Flaxseed contains some phytoestrogens which likely don't encourage cancer or affect hormone positive breast cancers, but, as with many vitamins/minerals, it's nearly always best to get majority of nutrition from diet. ...Read more

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How to prevent further hereditary breast cancer?

How to prevent further hereditary breast cancer?

3 options, currently: Women who are brca(+) have a 50-80% lifetime risk of breast cancer. The 3 best options currently are: 1-prophylactic bilateral mastectomy (+/-reconstruction); 2-chemoprevention with tamoxifen, which may reduce the risk of cancer by 25-50%, and; 3-close surveillance evaluation, including regular breast mri. Unfortunately, none of these options are ideal-hopefully a better option is on the horizon. ...Read more

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Can having a baby or two help me prevent breast cancer?

Can having a baby or two help me prevent breast cancer?

Weigh the risks: Even if "having a baby or two" were to reduce your risk of breast cancer, there are risk associated with child bearing. You ought to consult your doctor to weigh the relative risks and benefits of your proposed actions. Some might argue that bringing babies into this world for "reducing" your risk of breast cancer is not ethical. ...Read more

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What are the current mammogram recommendations to prevent breast cancer?

Variable: Most us radiographic and oncologic groups recommend annual screening beginning at age 40. (continuing as long as life expectancy exceeds 10 years.) european groups point out the lower likelihood of breast cancer in young women and the higher false positive rate and recommend later, and less frequent screenings. Obviously - a strong family history may change your personal recommendation. ...Read more

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Is having your 1st baby when you are young give you prevention against breast cancer?

Is having your 1st baby when you are young give you prevention against breast cancer?

It may.: Studies have shown that women who have children at an early age have lower breast cancer risks. For example, women who have their first child by age 20 have half the risk of estrogen-sensitive breast ca as a woman who had her first child after age 30. This risk may be further decreased by breastfeeding. While we don't know the mechanism, we assume it has to do with less estrogen exposure. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. 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


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more