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My mom had lobular breast cancer at 52. Brca negative. Is lobular breast cancer more genetic based than ductal?

My mom had lobular breast cancer at 52. Brca negative. Is lobular breast cancer more genetic based than ductal?

No its medullary: a quote from Lancethttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9167459: "The occurrence of invasive lobular carcinoma and invasive ductal carcinoma was not significantly different between carriers of BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations and controls. Medullary or atypical medullary carcinoma was, however, found more often in BRCA1 (13%, p ...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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Do the breast enhancement pills "breast actives" cause breast cancer or uterus cancer?

Do the breast enhancement pills "breast actives" cause breast cancer or uterus cancer?

Unknown: Breast enhancement pills are not regulated and therefore may have various unknown substances in them. Some of those substances, especially if they include estrogen, may increase risk of cancers. ...Read more

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Do fibrocystic breast changes increase my risk of breast cancer?

Do fibrocystic breast changes increase my risk of breast cancer?

No, fibrocystic breast changes don't increase your risk of breast cancer: Fibrocystic breast changes are common. Women with this noncancerous (benign) condition often have lumpy, nodular breasts and experience breast pain that varies throughout the menstrual cycle. Doctors don't know exactly what causes fibrocystic breast changes, but the condition is likely due to hormone changes during your menstrual cycle that affect breast tissue. Although fibrocystic breast changes don't increase your risk of breast cancer, having fibrocystic breasts may make it more difficult for you to feel a new breast lump or other abnormal change — such as a persistent breast lump that doesn't go away with your next menstrual cycle or thickening or firmness within lumpy breast tissue. It's important to become familiar with how your breasts normally feel so that you'll know when something just isn't right. If you detect something unusual, make an appointment with your doctor to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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2 breast lumps, movable, 34y/o, likely fibrocystic or breast cancer? No family history. Ultrasound scheduled this week.

2 breast lumps, movable, 34y/o, likely fibrocystic or breast cancer? No family history. Ultrasound scheduled this week.

Most: palpable lumps turn out benign, probably around 90%, but there is no way to be sure without having the appropriate imaging studies and proceeding from there. ...Read more

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Dense/lumpy breasts at 18? Terrified of breast cancer. 18 years old.

Dense/lumpy breasts at 18? Terrified of breast cancer. 18 years old.

Multiple breast lump: This is likely due to something called fibrocystic changes of the breast. This is a benign, non-lifethreatening condition. If you are concerned about your risks for breast cancer discuss with your primary doctor. ...Read more

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Can mammograms miss breast cancer 5 years in a row?

Can mammograms miss breast cancer 5 years in a row?

Not likely: If you have dense breasts that are difficult to read with mammograms or a very slow growing tumor, it is possible but unlikely. It is important to combine a mammogram with a breast exam by your health care provider and your own monthly breast self exam. Make sure you are getting digital mammograms. ...Read more

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Silicone breast implants can couse breast cancer?

Silicone breast implants can couse breast cancer?

No but.....: There is no direct link but there are concerns with the potential for implants to interfere with the detection of cancer. Particularly using mammograms. Special views (eklund) must be obtained. Alhtough there may be a delay in diagnosis, there has not been shown to be any effect on survival. With mri, surveillance is improved and may supplant mammography. As stated, alcl may be increased but rare. ...Read more

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29yo. Pat grndmthr diagnosis Breast Cancer@24yo. Ovarian cx@age 34& took her@68yo.Inherent odds? +Ive virtually zero chest, size <34A-change my odds?

29yo. Pat grndmthr diagnosis Breast Cancer@24yo. Ovarian cx@age 34& took her@68yo.Inherent odds? +Ive virtually zero chest, size <34A-change my odds?

Hereditary CA: With grandma having both cancers at a young age, and both ca being the ones linked to a gene you should talk to your doctor about testing and what you would do differently if positive. Also see if you can get more family history data. That would help a lot. Size of your breasts won't really matter. Gather info, calculate risks, and stay on top of screening. ...Read more

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Relation between phytoestrogens based cream for breast firming and breast cancer?

Relation between phytoestrogens based cream for breast firming and breast cancer?

Estrogens are double: Edged. You do not state age or menopausal status. All estrogens, phyto, endogenous or pharmacy have risk. So weigh if it is worth it. I'd vote no. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer skip generations?

Can breast cancer skip generations?

Of course: In fact, it's usually sporadic. Even in breast cancer families (brca1, brca2 families) some women with the gene are likely never to get sick. ...Read more

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My sister had breast cancer in both breast am i a high risk for breast cancer?

My sister had breast cancer in both breast  am i a high risk for breast cancer?

High risk clinic: it is important that your sister get evaluated for the BRCA gene. I highly recommend that you find a high risk breast clinic at your local breast center to get evaluated for your race which may also include genetic testing. ...Read more

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My mom has 3rd breast cancer recurrence but is brca1/2 negative. Am I high risk for breast cancer?

My mom has 3rd breast cancer recurrence but is brca1/2 negative. Am I high risk for breast cancer?

Yes you are: Breast cancer does have some hereditary tendency. So sisters and daughters of a breat cancer patients have a small increase in their risk for developing breast cancer. yet >90% of the time there is no relationship to such an occurrence. So you need to be vigilant but not worry much about it. Just learn about breast self examination and do annual mammograms beginning at age 40 yr. ...Read more

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38 yo very strong FH breast ca, BRCA neg, Stage 2 IDC, 18 mo. s/p bilat radical mastectomy. No chemo. What is best f/u imaging/testing? Chemo?

38 yo very strong FH breast ca, BRCA neg, Stage 2 IDC, 18 mo. s/p bilat radical mastectomy. No chemo. What is best f/u imaging/testing?  Chemo?

Breast ca f/u: No follow-up imaging is indicated. History and physical is all that is required. imaging and blood test would be indicated if you were concerned for metastatic disease or a local recurrence. The additional of chemotherapy depends of pathologic stage including lymph node status, tumor biology and possibly the result of Oncotype testing. ...Read more

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Is breast density a risk factor for breast cancer? Mammogram noted "extremely dense breasts".

Is breast density a risk factor for breast cancer? Mammogram noted "extremely dense breasts".

Yes, breast density: is a risk factor for breast cancer. The relative risk for extremely dense breasts is about 4x the relative risk of patients with almost entirely fatty breasts, and about 1.6x the RR for "average" density breasts. Find out all you need to know at http://www.breastdensity.info/ ...Read more

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30 years old, diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, breast cancer hereditary in family, try my best to eat healthy, did my diet bring this about?

30 years old, diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer, breast cancer hereditary in family, try my best to eat healthy, did my diet bring this about?

Absolutely not: Anybody who told you that your hereditary breast cancer was "caused by your eating wrong" is at best "misled". I'm sorry you have cancer. Nobody can stop "entertainment" / "junk" sites from making stuff up about diet and disease; most of what you read is lies. But the best scientific studies show little or no link between breast cancer and food choices. Trust you've had BRCA genetic testing. ...Read more

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Would male breast cancer reoccur in thyroid after 8 years of mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy?

Would male breast cancer reoccur in thyroid after 8 years of mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy?

Very unlikely: Very few cancers metastasize to the thyroid. I'll bet you it's a new tumor. The pathologist can tell for sure. ...Read more

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BREAST pain no period not pregnant. Healthy 25 yo f. Mom died of metastatic breast cancer. Feels like engorged breasts. Like when getting milk in. ?

BREAST pain no period not pregnant. Healthy 25 yo f. Mom died of metastatic breast cancer. Feels like engorged breasts. Like when getting milk in. ?

Evaluation: Get it checked out by your PCP as soon as possible more importantly because of your significant family history and don,t delay. Good luck and happy new year in advance ...Read more

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Can breast implants increase the chances of having breast cancer? My gma had breast cancer so its kinda in the family..

Can breast implants increase the chances of having breast cancer? My gma had breast cancer so its kinda in the family..

No: Breast implants don't increase your risk for developing breast cancer, but they do make it more difficult to feel a breast lump. They also might make it harder to see an abnormality on mammogram. A breast MRI might be necessary for you, but the radiologist who reads your mammograms will let you know. And you should still do self breast exams! ...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