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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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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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Can mastitis increase the risk of breast cancer?

Can mastitis increase the risk of breast cancer?

No : Inflammation of the breast does not increase risk for breast cancer. However, there is a distict type of a very agressive breast cancer that can present like inflammation- a.K.A- inflammatory breast cancer-which is presented with redness, swelling breast with thickening over the skin area over the breast. One has to be very careful enough and not to miss the inflammatory breast cancer. ...Read more

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Can girls with big breast have high risk of breast cancer?

Can girls with big breast have high risk of breast cancer?

Not increased: Breast size doesn't correlate with cancer risk. There are plusses and minuses to big and to small. I hope you're happy with whatever size your genetics gave you, and that you'll maintain surveillance against breast cancer throughout your life. ...Read more

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Can an abortion increase the risk of breast cancer?

Can an abortion increase the risk of breast cancer?

No: Early retrospective studies gave conflicting results regarding the potential link between abortions and breast cancer. Over the past decade, more accurate prospective studies have failed to show any link between breast cancer and women who had abortions, either spontaneous or induced. ...Read more

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Estrogen increases the risk of endometrial cancer, but does it increase the risk of breast cancer as well?

Estrogen increases the risk of endometrial cancer, but does it increase the risk of breast cancer as well?

Yes: Studies have shown an increase risk of breast cancer in patients treated with estrogen replacement. In fact, women at high risk for getting breast cancer are treated with tamoxifen or evista (raloxifene). Those drugs block the effect of estrogen on breast tissue. ...Read more

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How exactly can breast feeding lower the risk of breast cancer?

Hormonal changes: Breast feeding has been shown to be a factor that is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer the cause if this effect is most likely hormonal as estrogen levels are one of the factors that increase the risk of breast cancer. ...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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Ways to reduce my risk of developing breast cancer? (family history of breast/ovarian cancer)

Ways to reduce my risk of developing breast cancer? (family history of breast/ovarian cancer)

Genetic testing: Probably the best way is for someone in your family get the brac/brca test to see if your family carriers the gene for breast and ovarian cancer. A low fat diet and not smoking are important for non genetic breast cancer. Regular self exams are important too. ...Read more

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Chance of IVF leading to breast cancer?

Uncertain, but low: It's a great question that will remain open until the 'magic bullet' appears; but no good quality evidence exists to clearly support an association. I tell my patients that if an increased risk does exist, it's clearly very small and hard to prove. ...Read more

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How does breast feeding lower the risk of breast cancer?

How does breast feeding lower the risk of breast cancer?

Theoretical: No one knows for sure. One theory is that breast feeding makes the cells in the breast do what they are meant to do-- make breast milk. Cancers often arise from cells in our body that haven't matured fully. The hormones your body produces when breast feeding force breast cells to "grow up", making them less likely to become a cancer later on. ...Read more

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How does breast feeding lower the risk of breast cancer?

How does breast feeding lower the risk of breast cancer?

Several theories.: We don't currently know "exactly" how. Breast feeding for six months and longer seems to make a difference. One theory is that milk production keeps the cells busy so that they don't have the energy to mutate into cancer. Another is that toxins are drained with milk production. Another is that hormone levels with milk production are protective - estrogen, progesterone, prolactin, oxytocin etc. ...Read more

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What leads to increased risk of ovarian cancer?

What leads to increased risk of ovarian cancer?

Ovarian cancer: Primarily personal or family history of cancers related to ovarian cancer that have a genetic association such as breast, colon, endometrial cancers. ...Read more

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Does stress increase my likelihood of developing breast cancer?

Does stress increase my likelihood of developing breast cancer?

Stress: Stress is a negative immunomodulator meaning it decreases the effectiveness of the immune system which slows healing and immune response among other things. There are some who believe it can contribute to worse outcomes in any disease and maybe increase the risk of disease. You will be healthier overall if you learn stress reduction techniques [yoga, meditation, etc]. ...Read more

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Is it true that female hormone therapy can increase the risk of breast cancer?

Is it true that female hormone therapy can increase the risk of breast cancer?

Yes: Certain hormones, especially longer use of estrogens, can increase a person's risk of breast cancer. Estrogen is listed as a known carcinogen on the fda web site & there is a class action lawsuit ongoing against premarin (conjugated estrogens). See site: http://m.Cancer.Org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/generalinformationaboutcarcinogens/known-and-probable-human-carcinogens. ...Read more

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Can cancer screening reduce the likelihood of developing cancer?

Can cancer screening reduce the likelihood of developing cancer?

Good question: That is certainly the idea behind it. It is hard to say if we are truly successful. Having a pap smear and picking up a lesion before it becomes cancer reduces your likelihood. So does removing a colon polyp before it can become a colon cancer. The problem is that having these things means you are at higher risk in the first place and you need continued watching. ...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. 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