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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Overview)

Breast carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Symptoms can include breast lumps, pain, and weight loss (if advanced disease).


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How does having breast carcinoma change things?

How does having breast carcinoma change things?

Life-changer: I think that every person who is diagnosed with any type of cancer goes thru that initial "shock" which can be overwhelming. However, most (breast) cancers can be readily treated, and many cured. The best thing to do is to aggressively seek out medical info and try to "take control" of the disease, rather than the other way around. In time, one will hopefully get back to their normal lives. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
1,029 doctors shared insights

Breast Carcinoma (Overview)

Breast carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Symptoms can include breast lumps, pain, and weight loss (if advanced disease).


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What are the symptoms of breast carcinoma?

What are the symptoms of breast carcinoma?

None: Breast cancer does not usually cause symptoms. It can be a palpable mess or just an abnormal finding on the mammogram. It depends on the size. Aim is usually not a characteristic finding unless a large mass is palpable. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Tip)

Managing Pain from Cancer

Don't suffer in silence. Tell your cancer doc about your pain level on every visit. ...See more

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Do a breast self exam after your period ends
monthly
Check daily in shower after soaping up
daily
Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
once
Observe skin around nipples
once
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If you get breast carcinoma, how do you feel?

If you get breast carcinoma, how do you feel?

Initially no symptom: A breast cancer can grow for about 8 to 10 years before it reaches 1 centimeter in diameter - about 3/8's of an inch. A breast cancer that size would likely have no symptoms at all, and would be unlikely to be detected on a breast exam by you or your doctor. However, a breast cancer could show up on a mammogram years before it reaches even 1 centimeter in size. Do your mammograms as recommended. ...Read more

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Being a Healthy Man (Tip)

Being a Healthy Man

Consider Finasteride to lower prostate cancer risk. It may only affect slow growing cancers. ...See more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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Just diagnosed with breast carcinoma. Had many questions on the way home but doctor is gone now. Can you tell me about the condition?

Just diagnosed with breast carcinoma. Had many questions on the way home but doctor is gone now. Can you tell me about the condition?

Not in 400 words: Write down your questions and go back to your doctor. If he/she is not kind and supportive find another doc. It is important that you understand. Susan love's breast book is a little out of date but is well written . See if your hospital has a library that you can use for additional help. Be careful of what "friends" tell you. Advice may be worth what you pay for it! ...Read more

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What are the tests for breast carcinoma?

What are the tests for breast carcinoma?

Mammogram/ultrasound: The main tests used to evaluate for breast cancer are digital mammograms and breast ultrasound. If there is any abnormality or palpable lump, a core or fine needle biopsy is performed. Other tests used to help: mri, bsgi, pem. Your physician and radiologist will determine which tests are best for each individual. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it 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. 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