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5 years ago: right breast fibrosis. Now: chest X-ray shows minimal hyperthrophic spurring of thorasic spine. Is breast cancer possible? Other tests?

5 years ago: right breast fibrosis. Now: chest X-ray shows minimal hyperthrophic spurring of thorasic spine. Is breast cancer possible? Other tests?

These: Are unrelated findings. The thoracic spurring is a mild aging change of the spine that just about everyone gets. Breast fibrosis is a non-cancerous finding. Nothing you describe sounds worrisome. ...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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I have a small bump on my chest, I'm 18 but worried if I can have breast cancer. Is it possible?

I have a small bump on my chest, I'm 18 but worried if I can have breast cancer. Is it possible?

Yes but not likely: If you have an area that concerns you, have your primary provider take a look. If s/he is suspicious, typically the next step would be an ultrasound and maybe a biopsy. Breast cancer is very rare at your age. Nothing is impossible, but the odds are very good that this is something other than cancer. Good luck. ...Read more

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Who's the best perdon to see about possible breast cancer in women?

Who's the best perdon to see about possible breast cancer in women?

Your PCP: Hello-
Please discuss your concerns with your primary care physician (PCP). If you have any symptoms or signs please see him/her right away. If you have a strong family history of breast cancer (or other cancers) you may benefit from a visit with a genetic counselor. Please quit smoking as it does increase your risk of breast, and other, cancers. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How safe is the alloderm procedure? I was advised by a doctor to have alloderm when I consulted him for a breast reconstruction surgery following breast cancer. What are the possible side effects of the procedure?

How safe is the alloderm procedure? I was advised by a doctor to have alloderm when I consulted him for a breast reconstruction surgery following breast cancer. What are the possible side effects of the procedure?

Fairly Safe: Alloderm is often used to add additional support to the inferior portion of the implant. Think of it like a hammock to hold the implant. The side effects are similar to other implant based reconstructions. Bleeding, infection, fluid collections are the most common side effects. ...Read more

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77 yr old half immune system (comprimised)with left side shoulder lymph nodes removed Breast Cancer 9 yrs ago possible to have a pneumonia Vaccination

77 yr old half immune system (comprimised)with left side shoulder lymph nodes removed Breast Cancer 9 yrs ago possible to have a pneumonia Vaccination

Yes: The removal of lymph nodes per se is unlikely to affect your overall immune status. You do however need pneumococcal vaccine with Prenar 13 first followed by Pneumovax 23 in 6-12 months. These are recommended for all people >65 (some say earlier). ...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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Is breast cancer inherited?

Is breast cancer inherited?

Sometimes.: It is estimated that approximately 10-15% of all breast cancers in the US are of the hereditary type. These genes can be inherited from either your father or your mother. If a woman inherits this gene, they have a 50-75% chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. These cancers tend to occur at any earlier age and may occur in both breasts. ...Read more

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What is breast cancer from?

What is breast cancer from?

Breast cancer: Cancer that forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare. ...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?

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 common is breast cancer?

How common is breast cancer?

Pretty common : Estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the United States in 2012:
new cases: 226, 870 (female); 2, 190 (male) and 39, 510 (female); 410 (male) deaths. Lifetime risk is 1 to 8. Risk is higher with the increased of age. ...Read more

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Any odor with breast cancer?

Not typical: An odor would not be a typical symptom. ...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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What is ocult breast cancer?

What is ocult breast cancer?

It is a breast: Cancer detected outside the breast(for example in an axillary lymph node), in which the presumptive primary cancer within the breast cannot be detected by standard clinical and imaging methods. Not very common, accounts for less than 1% of breast cancers. ...Read more

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Can males get breast cancer?

Can males get breast cancer?

Yes: Most of the breast cancers occur in women; however, they do occur in men as well. ...Read more

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Do fat men get breast cancer?

Do fat men get breast cancer?

Yes: Obesity is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer. Fat cells can actually make estrogen, even in men, and increased estrogen levels are associated with breast cancer. So although breast cancer is quite rare in men, obese men are more likely to develop breast cancer, just like obese women. And exercise is associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer... So get moving! ...Read more

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How is breast cancer treated?

How is breast cancer treated?

Surgery/Chemo/Radiat: Treatment usually starts with surgery, removal of the tumor grossly. Depending on the stage and biology it may require chemotherapy and/or radiation. Anti-estrogen therapy may also play a role. ...Read more

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How can breast cancer spread?

3 ways: It spread through lymphatic organ (lymph glands), through blood circulation and direct invasion to the adjacent organ such as skin, chest wall etc. ...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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How does breast cancer spread?

How does breast cancer spread?

3 Basic Ways: Breast cancer can spread in 3 basic ways — it can grow larger and larger, invading into the skin or muscle; it can invade into the blood vessels and then travel to other areas of the body (most commonly liver, lungs, bone and brain), and it can invade into the lymphatic vessels and travel to the lymph nodes under the arm and other areas of the body. ...Read more

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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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How can breast cancer develop?

One mutant cell: One normal cell inside your breast mutates (becomes abnormal), and begins to grow. The normal "stop" signal that tell a cell to stop dividing doesn't work, so the cells keep dividing. One cell becomes two, two become four, four become eight, etc. It takes millions of cancer cells to form a tumor you can feel. ...Read more

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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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How to detect of breast cancer?

Breast Cancer: Routine breast self exam and routine screening mammography are the two best ways to detect breast cancer as early as possible. ...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 prevalent is breast cancer?

How prevalent is breast cancer?

Breast cancer: Globally, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer, and the leading cause of cancer death in females.

There are 226, 870 (female); 2, 190 (male) estimated new cases of breast cancer in the United States in 2012. ...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


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