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Can dcis breast cancer be caused by stress?

Can dcis breast cancer be caused by stress?

Unknown: It is very difficult if not impossible to attribute one factor alone as a cause of breast cancer. A recent study looked at stress levels in breast cancer patients and found the stress scores higher in those with more aggressive cancers, but it's hard to know whether the stress caused the aggressive form or if the aggressive cancer caused more stress. Regardless, stress, obviously, is never good. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Is dcis breast cancer be caused by stress?

Is dcis breast cancer be caused by stress?

No: The risk factors for dcis are the same as breast cancer; age, family history, estrogen exposure, etc. There is no evidence that stress increases that risk. ...Read more

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What causes dcis breast cancer?

What causes dcis breast cancer?

In one word unknown : Ductal carcinoma in situ dcis is simply the sleeping cancer cells inside the breast ducts, like a garden hose loaded with cancer cells safe if they are inside the duct , once they are out side then is invasive cancer, ready to spread, cause is unknown at this time, from genetic mutations, braca i & ii age, hormonal uses.Environment , late age pregnancy life style etc are all attributed. ...Read more

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Does dcis usually turn into invasive breast cancer?

Does dcis usually turn into invasive breast cancer?

If left alone: Current thought is that if left untreated, dcis will develop into invasive breast cancer. ...Read more

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How does dcis turn into stage 4 breast cancer?

How does dcis turn into stage 4 breast cancer?

Long process: While not all dcis will become invasive cancer, many cases will and to date we can not differentiate between those that will and those that won't. Those cases that become invasive, can then spread to lymph nodes or other organs. The latter, breast cancer that spreads to other organs, is stage IV breast cancer. ...Read more

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In light of the recent article in the ny times on breast cancer would you recommend surgery for a 90 year old woman recently diagnosed with dcis?

In light of the recent article in the ny times on breast cancer would you recommend surgery for a 90 year old woman recently diagnosed with dcis?

Depends: Depends on how good she is at 90 yrs and the size, type of DCIS. "Good-risk" DCIS has small size, low aggressive, and good-looking under microscope. You can leave it alone without surgery. "High-risk" DCIS has large size, aggressive, or ugly-looking. So, surgery (wide excision) may be considered if she functions well. However, radiation or tamoxifen is neither needed nor helpful in elderly. ...Read more

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Is dcis breast cancer genetic?

Is dcis breast cancer genetic?

It can be: Dcis, the earliest form of breast cancer, can be associated with brca mutations. 13% of women under 50 diagnosed with dcis had a brca mutation in retrospective (looking backwards) studies. Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer or dcis before age 50 should have genetic counseling. For more info: http://clincancerres.Aacrjournals.Org/content/13/14/4306.Full. ...Read more

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In light of the recent article in the ny times on breast cancer would you recommend surgery for a 90 year old woman recently diagnosed with DCIS?

 In light of the recent article in the ny times on breast cancer would you recommend surgery for a 90 year old woman recently diagnosed with DCIS?

No, but give choice: The most extensive study of 100,000 pts with DCIS followed over 20 years, the risk of dying , about 3.3 percent was very low, between the group that had lumpectomies with or without radiation and the group that had mastectomies.That said, a young 90 year old,wishing 110 span(OK?), need to be given a choice,since aggressive DCIS upped risk to just 7.8% in 20 yrs,so some opt for no tx,but close ffup ...Read more

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I was told my mom had dcis and it was negative. No chemo . Can you have triple negative breast cancer with dcis? Or is the negative something else?

I was told my mom had dcis and it was negative. No chemo . Can you have triple negative breast cancer with dcis? Or is the negative something else?

Perhaps: Today, it is recommended that dcis be tested for er and pr expression to see if hormonal therapy may be beneficial, so the negative might refer to that. "triple negative" refers to er, pr and her-2-neu expression, but her-2-neu is not typically measured on dcis outside of clinical trial. Be sure to clarify this with your surgeon or your oncologist. ...Read more

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What would the usual treatment be for a breast cancer of 5mm dcis with 1mm foci grade 3?

Excision of the tumo: Small dcis can be easily managed by a simple excision followed by radiotherapy to the involved breast. Tamoxifen is recommended as a post operative adjuvant oral therapy to be taken for 5 years. Find out if there is any invasive cancer component in this tumor? ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

The breast is both a male and female organ. However its main function is in the delivery of milk to the newborn. Breast cancer occurs 95% of the time in women and 5% of the time in men. It is treated the same regardless of which sex it appears in. It comes in two forms invasive and non-invasive; distinction is important as ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more