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Can emotional distress cause breast cancer to grow faster?

Can emotional distress cause breast cancer to grow faster?

Maybe.: If you asked me this question 2 weeks ago, i might have had a different response. A new study released last week demonstrated a significant correlation between women's stress levels and the aggressiveness of their breast cancer. Of course, it is hard to know "which came first, the chicken or the egg". Nevertheless, common sense would suggest that stress is never good when battling any illness. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Female) (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 on an annual basis. ...Read more


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Could pregnancy trigger breast cancer?I am high risk, and am screened yearly.But could a pregnant cause a genetic bc to grow when otherwise it wouldn't?

Could pregnancy trigger breast cancer?I am high risk, and am screened yearly.But could a pregnant cause a genetic bc to grow when otherwise it wouldn't?

Yes and No: Women who are at increased risk for breast cancer can end up getting a breast cancer in pregnancy due to the growth hormones in pregnancy. I don't think pregnancy could 'start' a bc, but can accellerate.Be sure to survey your breasts with self exams and ask dr. To perform exam at beginning of pregnancy as well. Any lump or mass report immediately. This goes for pregnancy as well as postpartum. ...Read more

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Can a guy touching your breasts cause breast cancer?

Not at all: Some breast cancer is related to heredity and runs in families. Most of the time, we don't know why it starts. But touching the breasts has nothing to do with it at all. In fact, breast self-examination is one of the best ways to find a lump, which should be checked by your doctor to see whether further follow-up (mammogram) is needed. Don't let anyone touch you there if you don't want him to. ...Read more

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Could getting hit with a softball cause breast cancer?

No. : Once in a while i will see a patient that has breast cancer that had trauma similar to being hit with a softball who thinks the trauma caused the breast cancer. There has been no proof that that occurs, but trauma may bring attention to that area of the breast which leads to the diagnosis. If you have a breast mass that you are worried about, don't ignore it even if it seems to be due to trauma. ...Read more

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How/why can breast cancer cause one breast to sag and the other to not?

How/why can breast cancer cause one breast to sag and the other to not?

Unrelated: In a 33 yo female the composition of the breast is mostly glandular and ductal so that mammo shows the breast to be composed primarily of firm tissue which doesn't tend to sag. As one gets older, much of the breast tissue is replaced by fat which has the potential of causing loss of conformity and is one of the factors leading to a sagging breast which is found in your case. ...Read more

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What causes breast cancer to get so much more attention then other cancers?

What causes breast cancer to get so much more attention then other cancers?

Women: Komen was one of the 1st organizations to help draw attention to breast cancer and bring it out of the shadows.Organizations like komen and avon have funded a large portion of the research and community activities in the country. Women are vocal about issues near and dear to them. Other conditions can get publicity, it takes a person to champion the cause and others to follow. ...Read more

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Which things cause breast cancer and how can I reduce my chance of getting it?

Which things cause breast cancer and how can I reduce my chance of getting it?

Unknown: There are some increased breast cancer risks associated with obesity, hormone medication use, early age at first menstruation, late age at first childbirth, etc. Only about 15% of breast cancers occur because of genetic inheritance. See this site with more information: http://media.Komen.Org/breastcancer101tool/english/video-player.Html#kbc_01_01. ...Read more

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Deodorant can cause breast cancer, true or false?

False: This is a total lie, and does not become true or worthy of your attention just because you've heard it often or because it is "spiritual" to smell bad. I traced this to its source in the early days of the internet and found the origin to be a quack selling sub-par deodorant peddled as safe. http://www.pathguy.com/antipers.htm It's simply wrong to give any credence to obvious liars. ...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. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Breast carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Symptoms can include breast lumps, pain, and weight ...Read more