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I have an extreme fear or getting breast cancer. I've seen therapist but can't shake this. You have any advice? I would like to have breast reduction

I have an extreme fear or getting breast cancer. I've seen therapist but can't shake this. You have any advice? I would like to have breast reduction

Educate yourself: Breast reduction will not significantly reduce your chance of getting breast cancer. If you have the gene, prophylactic mastectomy may be an option. Otherwise, not appropriate just for fear. Nothing you can do will make you immune or even reduce your risk much. You also know that proper surveillance against breast cancer drops your risk of dying of it to very low. To be brave, act brave. ...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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Can elevated ca15-3 mean something other than breast cancer? Clear mammo but ca15-3 results - 31.6 (ca markers done as part of complete physical)

Can elevated ca15-3 mean something other than breast cancer? Clear mammo but ca15-3 results - 31.6 (ca markers done as part of complete physical)

Stop worrying: The reference range is set so that 5% of folks believed to be healthy fall above it. Usually the top of the reference range is 30 or so. This alone should make you stop worrying. Further, fairly high values are often observed with no obvious explanation. Why was it run in the first place? Mild elevations usually just generate confusion and upset people and never detect anything. ...Read more

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Can physical activity reduce the risk of breast cancer?

Can physical activity reduce the risk of breast cancer?

Yes.: Studies have shown that people who exercise daily may have a lower risk for breast cancer; this is particularly true for those that exercise prior to menopause. ...Read more

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Should I make any changes in my diet or physical exercise to reduce the risks of breast cancer?

Should I make any changes in my diet or physical exercise to reduce the risks of breast cancer?

Yes: Physical activity is associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer. You should do at least 30 minutes of vigorous activity 3 or more times a week. A high fat diet is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, so cut down on fried or fatty foods. ...Read more

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When your oncologist recommends palliative care for stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to brain, what has happened physically to the body?

When your oncologist recommends palliative care for stage 4 breast cancer that has mets to brain, what has happened physically to the body?

Peace and comfort: To the lost second , body deteriorates due to disease. Family , and unfortunate victim to the disease must come to terms allow the disease to take its course, providing pain free comfortable end is the palliative care , several dedicated hospice centers are available for such care. ...Read more

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How’s an aromatase inhibitor used for breast cancer?

How’s an aromatase inhibitor used for breast cancer?

Hormonal therapy: Aromatase inhibitors are a form of hormonal therapy for post menopausal patients. They are effective only in er+ cases. They block the conversion of other hormones to estrogen via the enzyme aromatase. In premenopausal patients they actually stimulate the ovaries to increase estrogen production. Hormonal therapy is systemic treatment, reduces local recurrence, and reduces risk of 2nd primaries. ...Read more

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What are the rates of prostate cancer and breast cancer in the U.S.?

What are the rates of prostate cancer and breast cancer in the U.S.?

Cancer rates: The chance of developing an invasive breast cancer during a woman's lifetime is 1 in 8. The chance of developing prostate cancer is about 1 out of every 7 men. About 80% of men over 80 years hold have prostate cancer. ...Read more

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I thought breast cancer also followed paternal lineage. My paternal grandmother and aunt, both died in 50's and my cousin is fighting a second occurrence (my age - 50's). I got myself checked, but breast center only asked about mom's side.

I thought breast cancer also followed paternal lineage. My paternal grandmother and aunt, both died in 50's and my cousin is fighting a second occurrence (my age - 50's). I got myself checked, but breast center only asked about mom's side.

True: Most inherited breast cancers are associated to mutations in the genes brca 1 and 2. These mutations can indeed come from your father's side. People with suspicious family history like yours should visit a professional with expertise in inherited cancers. Good for you for being aware of this. ...Read more

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Can men develop breast cancer?

Can men develop breast cancer?

Yes: Breast cancer is much more rare in men than women, with a lifetime risk of app. 1:100, 000. Risk factors in men include a strong family history, gynecomastia, or high estrogen levels as sometimes seen in men with liver disease. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer cause fainting?

Can breast cancer cause fainting?

It can, indirectly.: If you just received the news of having breast cancer, the anxiety and stress associated with that can make your heart skip a beat and make you faint. Also, pain medication and chemotherapy regimens that patients with breast cancer sometimes receive can make one weak and dizzy. ...Read more

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Can you a teen get breast cancer?

Can you a teen  get breast cancer?

One In A Million: The incidence of breast cancer in teenagers is actually less than 1in a million. Benign breast lumps such as fibroadenomas are not uncommon, however. Regardless of age, any new lump warrants medical evaluation. ...Read more

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How fast can breast cancer spread?

Variable: First and foremost, not all breast cancers spread: many are confined to the breast without any ability to travel to other organs. For those that 'spread', the growth rates vary between months to decades before they become detectable. Furthermore, chemotherapy may eradicate these cells that have spread, and they may never become evident. ...Read more

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How can a woman get breast cancer?

How can a woman get breast cancer?

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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How common is breast cancer in men?

How common is breast cancer in men?

1% of all breast ca: Male breast cancer is rare and accounts for 1% of all breast cancers. Men can present with a breast lump just as women. The treatments are similar to that for women. ...Read more

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Im 24 years can I get breast cancer?

Im 24 years can I get breast cancer?

Yes you can.: Though uncommon, young women (and men) can develop breast cancer. It is more common with certain family histories of breast cancer, and there are genetic-related breast cancers. See your md for a breast exam, and ask how to do them yourself. Do once a month a week after your period. If you have a lump now, have it checked out. Many benign lumps exist, but you don't want to miss an early cancer! ...Read more

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Can a14 year old her breast cancer?

Can a14 year old her breast cancer?

Yes but it's rare: Breast cancer can affect women at any age although is's rare for a 14 yeay old. About 7% of women with breast cancer are under 40 years old. The youngest person documented was about 3 years old. There are certain conditions that places a woman at high risk eg personal hisrory, strong family history (mother, sister etc), brca1/brca2 mutation etc. If you have a breast mass you should see your doctor ...Read more

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Could a guy still get breast cancer?

Could a guy still get breast cancer?

Yes: Maybe 2000 men get breast cancer each year, almost always as a lump on the nipple. We're catching it earlier nowadays but still around 400 men die of it yearly. ...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