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Can early breast development lead to higher risk of breast cancer?

Can early breast development lead to higher risk of breast cancer?

Indirectly: People who go thru puberty at an early age and/or menopause late in life have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer. We believe this is due to prolonged exposure to high estrogen levels. ...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


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Can you please discuss the key difference between male breast cancer and regular breast development?

Can you please discuss the key difference between male breast cancer and regular breast development?

Breast cancer: Unless you are brca + your risk is 1%. I you have something abnormal you should be seen and examined by a surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: early breast development?

What is the definition or description of: early breast development?

Premature thelarche: Is the technical name and means breast development earlier than "normal". Breast bud development can begin as early as 8 years old in some girls and is more usually between 10 and 12 years old. If there is actual breast development before age 8 then it can indicate a hormone problem (precocious puberty) and an endocrine appointment is needed to evaluate. ...Read more

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How soon after development do most people notice or find out they have breast cancer?

How soon after development do most people notice or find out they have breast cancer?

Method for dx: Depending on how one makes the dx of breast Ca the interval to dx varies. If one relies on mammo, a lesion can be detected as microCa . A bx at the time may indicate DCIS with no invasion . A mammo may dx a small stellate lesion growing for several months but is still not palpable. If one waits to bx the first palpable lesion at about 1-2cm. this lesion may have been growing for 1-2 yrs . ...Read more

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How are brca1 and brca2 related to the development of breast cancer?

How are brca1 and brca2 related to the development of breast cancer?

Very high risk: Patients who are brca positive have a very high risk of developing breast cancer. They can have an 80-90% risk (over lifetime) of developing 1 breast cancer, 50-65% chance of developing a 2nd breast cancer and a 40-50% risk of developing ovarian cancer. Please see this link for more details: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/risk/brca. ...Read more

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Does taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment induce development of cancer of the uterus?

Does taking tamoxifen for breast cancer treatment induce development of cancer of the uterus?

Yes: The chance is about 1% and treatment is hysterectomy. With such a low chance then tamoxifen is worth the risk. A gynecologist needs to keep track of the patient and any unusual bleeding evaluated. There are also other hormone alternatives with less risk. Check with your medical oncologist to see which drug is best for a particular patient. ...Read more

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Will a woman who took the original bc pills have higher risk of breast cancer?

Will a woman who took the original bc pills have higher risk of breast cancer?

Maybe: The "original" birth control pills, introduced in the 1960's, had a much higher level of hormones compared to modern pills, introduced in the 1980's.The older pills might increase the risk of developing breast cancer, but newer versions have not been shown to significantly increase risk.A decision to take any hormone medication should be made with your physician, taking into account your history. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more