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Doctor insights on: Breast Cancer On The Areola

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Does my 11 yr old have breast cancer? She says her areola feels like there's a cut on it a her areolas are shiny. I am very worried

Does my 11 yr old have breast cancer? She says her areola feels like there's a cut on it a her areolas are shiny. I am very worried

Very unlikely: Has she had menarche and other bodily changes? Adolescent maturation is atime of many body changes and breast cancer is very unlikely. Her doctor can exaine her and give you reassurance about her growth and development ...Read more

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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There is a white spot on my breast by my areola. It's not a lump. It's just flat. Does this mean I have breast cancer?

There is a white spot on my breast by my areola. It's not a lump. It's just flat. Does this mean I have breast cancer?

WHITE PIGMENTATION : Located in your breast areola does not mean you have cancer. Dx is suspicious when you have discharge, eczematoid lesions around areola (pagets), lump with breast calcification during mammogram, etc. ...Read more

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I have a small bump on my areola. It has been there for about a month. It has gotten bigger over time. My mom had breast cancer, could I have it too?

Rare: Most lesion of breast origin occur in the parenchyma of the breast itself and appear first on mammo and then as a small palpable lesion. The rarer form of Pagets disease begins In the terminal ducts which ends in the formation of the nipple. Rare for malignancies to appear as a small areola lesion. If it persists or enlarges, bx should be performed. ...Read more

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The top of my right breast hurts, pain spreads to right armpit. My areola seems to be turning white too. I'm worried that it's breast cancer?

The top of my right breast hurts, pain spreads to right armpit. My areola seems to be turning white too. I'm worried that it's breast cancer?

Breast pain: Breast cancer is rare in a 19-year-old woman. Other possible causes are breast pain that comes and goes with the monthly cycle, large breasts that pull on the ligaments of the breasts or even chest wall muscle pain. Chest wall pain is often 1-sided, burning and occurs from overuse of those muscles by skiing, rowing, cycling, swimming or other activities that strain the pectoral muscles. ...Read more

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The skin around my areola turned brown. I'm 18 and never been pregnant. I highly doubt I am pregnant since I'm on birth control. My grandma has breast cancer. Should I be worried about it?

The skin around my areola turned brown. I'm 18 and never been pregnant. I highly doubt I am pregnant since I'm on birth control. My grandma has breast cancer. Should I be worried about it?

No need to worry: Increases in estrogen levels can cause increased pigmentation in the arealae and genital area. Estrogen levels do increase during the teen years, so that is the probably answer. You might still check for pregnancy because birth control pills do not always prevent pregnancy (failure rate of 1-3%) but it is unlikely. Breast cancer in an 18-year-old woman is distinctly unlikely-- you need not worry. ...Read more

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What can cause swelling below the areola (besides inflammatory breast cancer)? No redness, pain, etc. Swollen nodes, but have been battling an infection.

What can cause swelling below the areola (besides inflammatory breast cancer)? No redness, pain, etc. Swollen nodes, but have been battling an infection.

Fibrocystic changes: Swelling below the areoal is ususally from benign causes. Inflammatory breast carcinoma is a lesion of the subcutaneous lymphatics of breast infiltrated with Ca. The breast becomes swollen and erytenatous with the edges of the lesion elevated. A 3D mammo or MRI of breast can resolve the issue. Bx is necessary to RO inflammatory Ca which can be lethal. ...Read more

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Symptoms of breast cancer?

Symptoms of breast cancer?

Maybe none: Early breast cancer has no signs or symptoms. Breast cancer may later present as a painless firm breast lump. Rarely changes in color of the skin, sometimes nipple will get retracted or breast skin pulled inward. Best is to have yearly physical examination and mammogram after age 40 before these symptoms occur. Any breast lump, painful or not, should be examined by your doctor. ...Read more

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Symptoms of breast cancer?

Symptoms of breast cancer?

A lump in the breast: This is how most women discover their breast cancer. However, most such lumps turn out to be benign. If you do monthly breast self exam, you will be able to tell if you have any new lumps. They are often painless and grow in size if left unattended for more than 1 or 2 months. The tumor can also spread outside of the breast if not treated. Promptly. ...Read more

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Can I inherit breast cancer?

Not directly: Breast cancer is not directly passed from parent to child. However, an increased risk of developing breast cancer can be inherited. Mutations in the genes brca1 and brca2 increase your chance of developing breast cancer. You are not 100% guaranteed to get breast cancer if you inherit these genes, but the risk can be as high as 85%. ...Read more

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Is breast cancer hereditary?

Is breast cancer hereditary?

Sometimes.: It is estimated that 10-15% of all breast cancer cases in the us occur due to hereditary factors. This risk may be identified by doing a simple blood test to check for brca mutations. We generally advise testing family members with known breast cancers first before checking unaffected family. ...Read more

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How can breast cancer occur?

NOW YOUR THE TEACHER: I want to know that answer — environmental factors-pesticides, high fat diet, radiation, food additives, prolonged estrogen exposure — early menses — late menopause or genetics brca 1/2 genetic code damage, where else in the genome/ secondary hits? Or is it combination of the above ... Call me on my cell if you got the answer. ...Read more

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How can breast cancer happen?

How can breast cancer happen?

Genetics: Some genes are activated in these cells and they start growing without control. Also, the could travel through blood stream to other body areas. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer be inherited?

Can breast cancer be inherited?

The risk can: Breast cancer itself is not passed down, but the risk for developing breast cancer can be inherited. Mutations in genes called brca1 and brca2 can be passed from a parent to a child. These inherited mutations increase the risk of developing breast cancer dramatically. A person with a brca mutation may have a 50% or higher chance of developing breast cancer, but it's not 100%. ...Read more

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What is systemic breast cancer?

What is systemic breast cancer?

Not sure...: What you mean. Breast cancer that has spread to other sites or other organs might be described as being systemic. Would need more information to be sure that I understand your question correctly. ...Read more

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How dangerous is breast cancer?

How dangerous is breast cancer?

Variable: Although never trivial, mammographically detected breast cancer, if small and estrogen receptor positive has a very good prognosis with relatively minor surgery and radiation. Conversely, inflammatory breast cancer with positive nodes has an extremely poor prognosis without very aggressive treatment. Most bc's are in the middle with a relatively favorable prognosis. ...Read more

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What's the sign of breast cancer?

What's the sign of breast cancer?

Several: New or enlarging lumps, nipple discharge and skin changes are all things that should be investigated to rule out breast cancer. Each of these can be associated with other things but cancer should be ruled out. While many breast cancers do not cause pain, some do: any new, persistent pain in the breast should be evaluated. The best time to DX cancer is before signs develop. Mammograms save lives. ...Read more

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Signs/symptoms of breast cancer?

Lump: Not previously felt, inverted nipple, change in skin at nipple/areola, skin with appearance of orange skin, lump in the arm pit. Pain is not a common feature of breast cancer. First degree relative is a signal to be alert. ...Read more

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Could I get breast cancer at 30?

Yes: Possible but not common, unless you have strong family history or carry a "bad" mutation of one of the genes associated with breast cancer. There are also personal risk factors like radiation to the chest or certain reproductive factors that increase the risk. If you are concerned, talk to your gyn or maybe to a professional with expertise in cancer risk evaluation and management. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer occurr in boys?

Unlikely: A breast lump condition in young males is most commonly gynecomastia, and may occur behind one or both nipples. There are several causes. The condition usually resolves after several months or if the offending agent is discontinued. ...Read more

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How is breast cancer transmitted?

How is breast cancer transmitted?

It's not: Breast cancer is not transmitted from one person to another. It starts as a normal cell in the breast. The cell is damaged and instead of dying, it starts dividing, making more damaged cells that also divide. That's breast cancer in a nutshell... Breast cells that keep dividing and don't stop. ...Read more

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How can you detect breast cancer?

How can you detect breast cancer?

Mammogram.: A majority of breast cancers diagnosed in the US are detected by screening mammography before they can be palpated. Mammograms, however, are not perfect, so self-examination monthly and yearly physical examination are important, as well. In select cases, an MRI may be used to detect breast cancer. ...Read more

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Is breast cancer linked to dairy?

Is breast cancer linked to dairy?

No: I am not aware of any dietary association with breast cancer other than some association of obesity with breast cancer. ...Read more

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How to know I have breast cancer?

How to know I have breast cancer?

Agree w Dr.: Friedlander. Need evaluation to know one way or another. Breast cancer sx’s
can include a mass. Masses that are painless, irregular ; hard are more suggestive of cancer but they can also be tender, painful ; soft. Swelling of breast; thickened, red, skin; non-milky nipple discharge; new retraction of nipple, puckering or irritation of skin or pain ; sometimes swollen lymph nodes under arm(s). ...Read more

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What can breast cancer feel like?

What can breast cancer feel like?

Something different: Women who find their breast cancers say they felt something "different". Sometimes it's hard, like a little pebble. Or it's a rubbery lump that's new. Normal breasts can be very lumpy, which is why it's important to get to know what your breasts feel like by examining them regularly yourself. If you feel anything that concerns you, go see your doctor! Don't be afraid. Breast cancer is curable! ...Read more

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Where the breast cancer originate?

Ducts or lobules: Ductal carcinoma in situ and invasive ducal carcinoma originate within the ducts of the breast. Lobular carcinoma in situ and invasive lobular carcinoma originate in the lobules or milk glands. ...Read more

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Is 17 too young for breast cancer?

Is 17 too young for breast cancer?

Rare: 17 is young, but it can occur in very rare cases, especially with certain familial genetic cancers. ...Read more

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