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Doctor insights on: Breast Cancer Research Week

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How many scientists and researchers are studying solutions to breast cancer in the us? Globally?

How many scientists and researchers are studying solutions to breast cancer in the us? Globally?

Many!: That's a difficult answer to quantify, but rest assured, it is many! In the us, since it is the most common cancer in women, funding and research for this disease is available, through federal grants, non-profit organizations, private companies, and grateful donors. We are making strides toward curing breast cancer every day! ...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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Have researchers found that you can get breast cancer from drinking?

Have researchers found that you can get breast cancer from drinking?

Do not: Think so! From smoking yes!
consider moderation as alcohol in excess is really detrimental to your health besides the addiction that can ruin your life and your family too! ...Read more

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Have there been any real advances over the past few years in breast cancer research and cure?

Have there been any real advances over the past few years in breast cancer research and cure?

Yes: There have been many advances in breast cancer from newer radiology testing modalities, new ways to test dna in the breast cancer cells to help determine best treatments, new radiation therapy options, as well as newer types of surgery to help preserve the breast tissue. The advances are so numerous it is hard to describe in this short answer venue. ...Read more

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I did some research online and I have some symptoms of breast cancer. However, I am a teen. Is it possible for me to get breast cancer at this age?

I did some research online and I have some symptoms of breast cancer. However, I am a teen. Is it possible for me to get breast cancer at this age?

Very, very unlikely: Many of the symptoms associated with breast cancer (a lump, pain, discharge) are also caused by common conditions. That being said, go see your health care provider to find out what is going on. ...Read more

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Breast cancer research centers in san diego, ca?

Breast cancer research centers in san diego, ca?

The 2: Nationally known cancer research centers are scripps and uc san diego. I've worked at the nci and 5 nci designated centers, and I am not sure that you have to go to one of these for most cases of breast cancer care. In fact, sometimes going to your local center/doctor first, and seeking the 2nd opinion is best. You choose. ...Read more

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Where are breast cancer research centers?

Where are breast cancer research centers?

All over: Most of the oncologists (and surgeons) will treat the patients with breast cancer with standard accepted methods of treatment, if some one with breast cancer, you want to enrol in a experimental program, ask your doctor he will help you to find, nearest location to you. ...Read more

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Can you please list the most common ideas to give to people if they donate to breast cancer research?

Can you please list the most common ideas to give to people if they donate to breast cancer research?

Think Pink: There are many reputable organizations out there that raise funds for breast cancer, but the breast cancer research foundation actually contributes about 90% of its funds to research. Http://www. Bcrfcure. Org/

also consider supporting the american cancer society. Http://www. Cancer. Org/. ...Read more

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Breast cancer research suggests some new treatments work. How do I find right doctor?

Breast cancer research suggests some new treatments work. How do I find right doctor?

Clinicaltrials. Gov: I recommend the following website:
http://clinicaltrials. Gov/

this will help you find trials and locate doctors/hospitals that are offering them. ...Read more

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Is there any proved research that taking hormonal-based contraceptive could cause or trigger breast cancer or cervix cancer as well as fallopian cyst?

Is there any proved research that taking hormonal-based contraceptive could cause or trigger breast cancer or cervix cancer as well as fallopian cyst?

No: Hormonal activity can only act as a stimulus for an already existing cancer. Gasoline can stimulate a fire, it doesn't cause it. Breast and Cervix cancer have already been shown to be associated with certain viruses which induce the malignant transformation ...Read more

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How to help spread awareness during breast cancer week?

How to help spread awareness during breast cancer week?

Yes you can: By visiting woman groups, conducting breast examination clinics trough your local medical facilities, educating advantages of early diagnosis, teaching self examination techniques, encouraging to visit their doctor, and annual mammographies etc you can early diagnosis saves lives. Good luck in your mission. ...Read more

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If I eat fries more than twice a week am I more prone to breast cancer?

If I eat fries more than twice a week am I more prone to breast cancer?

Probably Not: While there is no clear link between french fries and the incidence of cancer, there is clear evidence between obesity and increased cancer rates. Maintaining a healthy body weight, eating a healthy diet and performing recommended cancer screenings are your best choices. ...Read more

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Just got diagnosed with breast cancer a week ago, how could this have happened?

Just got diagnosed with breast cancer a week ago, how could this have happened?

Possible: There has been an increased incidence of breast cancer diagnosis in women younger than 40 in the us. There are many risk factors involved but you should get genetic counseling to make sure you are not carying a gene called brca 1/2. ...Read more

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If I have breast pain and heaviness for about 2 weeks then nothing for about 6 months, then it does it again, what are chances of breast cancer?

If I have breast pain and heaviness for about 2 weeks then nothing for about 6 months, then it does it again, what are chances of breast cancer?

Not Br Cancer: The presence of a malignant lesion of the breast is never associated with heaviness and pain following which symptoms subside. Malignancies progress as well as symptoms. The effect of hormones on the breast at age 31 are usually associated with swelling of the milk ducts and breast pain as well as heaviness. At age 31, evaluation is by physical exam and sono, not mammography until age 35. ...Read more

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I have a breast cancer and I had just been operated last week. I'm afraid because I have a hydrosalphinx. What is the best thing that I will do? And

I have a breast cancer and I had just been operated last week. I'm afraid because I have a hydrosalphinx. What is the best thing that I will do? And

Not sure: What the question is. Breast cancer surgery or breast cancer treatment would not be related to a hydrosalpinx. See your gynecologist for the hydrosalpinx. ...Read more

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If twice a yr I have pain and heaviness on top and side of right breast and burns in my side two weeks before period then gone is it breast cancer?

Twice a year: That is an odd history. Twice a year breast pain that goes away when your period starts? That is a pattern, which probably has an explanation, but I can't think of what it would be. Have you had a mammogram? ...Read more

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After I finished chemo treatment 2 years ago for breast cancer, I had port removed. For the past week, I have been feeling pain where it was removed?

After I finished chemo treatment 2 years ago for breast cancer, I had port removed. For the past week, I have been feeling pain where it was removed?

Scar tissue forms: I doubt that it is anything to worry about. After surgery, there is scar formation which can sometimes become sensitive and cause discomfort. It twill likely go away on its own. You could take Tylenol if the pain is more than mild.
Try to feel for any knot under the scar. If there is anything that rolls/feels like a lump, then you need to consult your surgeon or the oncologist for examination. ...Read more

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I binge drank a lot (2-3 times a week) from 21-25.dont drink at all now. Mom had breast cancer at 54. Terrified I'm doomed to get breast cancer because of family h/x and so much drinking. What do I do?

All you can: Do is live a healthy lifestyle now. Eat healthy, exercise. Sleep 7-8 hr a night and have bright outlook on life. Don't look back and continually think about what can't be changed and might not even affect you in the future. ...Read more

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I have symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer but there is a 3 week waiting time for a gp appointment. What should I do?

Take charge: You must be more persistent. You are your own best medical advocate. Call and insist to be seen if you must - if you're wrong, no problem. If you're right, treatments will start almost immediately. Good luck. ...Read more

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There's a slight pain in my right breast less than two weeks before my period is this a posibility of breast cancer? Help pls...

There's a slight pain in my right breast less than two weeks before my period is this a posibility of breast cancer? Help pls...

Probably not: This sounds like a benign condition called fibrocystic changes of the breast. You should however let your friendly primary care physician know of your concerns. ...Read more

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Inflammatory breast cancer symptoms come & go or progressively worsen over days/weeks? Had breast pain during & after cycle 4 1 week but no pain now.

Agree with Dr.: Dr. H's answer is accurate. Breast pain at various times in the cycle can often be helped by diet changes, especially by avoiding caffeine. Acupuncture ; oriental medicine can be very helpful as complementary approaches for treating symptoms that come ; go, as these are usually functional problems that have not progressed to organ pathologies, such as the cancer you worry about. ...Read more

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My mom had breast cancer at 54-- can I still have a few glasses of wine a week?

My mom had breast cancer at 54-- can I still have a few glasses of wine a week?

A risk factor: Alcohol intake is one of the risk factors for breast cancer. You have already one in your heredity. See this site for more information on this subject, however, no good can come from drinking alcohol. Even the so called benefits of moderate intake are in question.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/breast-cancer/basics/causes/con-20029275 ...Read more

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Hysterectomy? Should I remove the ovaries? I had triple positive breast cancer five years ago. Or just have an oblation? I have three week period

Hysterectomy? Should I remove the ovaries? I had triple positive breast cancer five years ago. Or just have an oblation? I have three week period

Why?: Are you asking because you are concerned about ovarian cancer risk or about reducing the risk of breast cancer recurrence? Either way, more info is needed (stage, treatment, family history, etc.). I suggest you talk to your oncologist and go over the risks of recurrence of the cancer you had, risk of a second breast primary, and risk of ovarian cancer. Best to you. ...Read more

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I am pregnant and my husbands mom is on raditation 5 days a week for breast cancer is it safe for me to be around her?

I am pregnant and my husbands mom is on raditation 5 days a week for breast cancer is it safe for me to be around her?

Yes: Radiation is given in a shielded room. When your mother in law gets radiation it's only in the radiation center and when the machine is off there is no more radiation left in her. These x-ray s just go through the breast and don't stay in the breast. You and any child or baby is 100% safe. ...Read more

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I get breast pain the 2 weeks before my period, worse pain in the right one, plus it itches sometimes. Does that mean breast cancer?

Not likely: Painful & sometimes swollen or lumpy breasts, worse around the menstrual cycle, is most often a benign fibrocystic condition. However, a firm breast lump that persists would be concerning. See a doctor for a breast examination. ...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