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Can You Get Breast Cancer From Squeezing Your Breast
Can you get breast cancer if your breast get squeeze really hard and the next day it became very painful, swollen, red, warm, and lumps?
Trauma to breast.: No, squeezing injury will not result in overnight development of breast cancer. If the breast is red, painful and lumpy - the two diagnoses can be bruising or bruising with infection. See your pcp for an evaluation and management. ...Read more
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
No: Breast cancer is not associated with any physical trauma to the breasts. ...Read more
What is coming out of my nipples? Only when I squeeze I get a semi-thick white substance. I can see it under the skin before I squeeze it. Breast cancer does run in my family. I am 19 years old. No babies, no piercings, no birth control.
You describe leaking a white substance, which is probably breast milk and we call it galactorrhea. Breast milk formation is abnormal if it occurs more than 12 months after pregnancy lactation. You should have this checked to understand the cause.
Galactorrhea is caused by an excess of a hormone called prolactin. Excess prolactin can be caused by intense suckling, medications, low thyroid hormone conditions (hypothyroid), excess estrogen (birth control pills), stress, some unusual brain lesions or even non-cancerous pituitary tumors.
If the galactorrhea is caused by a specific disease then you need the disease treated. If there is no significant disease and the amount of discharge is minimal then sometimes no treatment is necessary. If the galactorrhea is causing embarrassing wetness or simply bothers you but there is no other serious disorder then medication can stop decrease the prolactin levels and the breast milk.
Good luck. ...Read more
No: Trauma to the breast does not cause breast cancer. ...Read more
Risk increases w age: There is unfortunately no lower age cut off for breast cancer. It can occur in the very young as well as in the mature and elderly. Typically the risk increases with age and screening for breast cancer for women of average risk begins at age 40. In my 23 yrs of practice, my youngest patient was 19 and oldest 92, but I have colleagues who have seen it even younger than that. ...Read more
No: It is a myth that wearing a bra to bed, wearing an underwire bra, or wearing a bra that's too tight causes breast cancer. I wish it was that easy! ...Read more
Rare but possible: Rare but possible. Family history and genetic predisposition can increase this chance. A physician should be seen in-person if there is any concern. ...Read more
Nope: But don't let people do that to you! Ouch! ...Read more
What do you suggest if my mate told me last year that she had breast cancer. A few months ago she said she had the all clear. Can you get breast cancer but not?
Always check: It is well recognzied that most tumors arise in a field effect and when the lesion is completely removed there is always a potential for a new lesion to occur. With 3D high resolution mammo, one can detect the earliest lsion and recurrence that can be removed locally. The incidence of a new primary after treating a breast cancer successfully is 1% per year for at least 15 yrs. ...Read more
Varies: Mutated brca1 and brca2 if inherited give you a very high lifetime chance for getting breast cancer, especially if you are a woman, but also applies to men. Beyond this, having a relative who's had it increases the risk somewhat, the more relatives and the closer the relationships the greater, but it's not striking. Simply keep up the usual watch for the disease and when caught early, cure's usual. ...Read more
No, a breast myth.: A book called “dressed to kill” indicated underwire bras restricted lymphatic drainage & led to accumulation of toxins in the breast. It was theorized this contributed to development of breast cancer. However, lymphatic drainage from the breast is not downward (gravity) – it moves towards the axilla (arm pit). The author's conclusions were not based on medical science & are not deemed accurate. ...Read more
No: If wearing a bra is felt to induce problems because of trauma to the breast, cancer is never caused by trauma. Occasionally trauma has brought attention to the presence of a tumor. Cancer is a 3 stage event and usually induced over a period of time, initially by a virus, followed by a carcinogen or possible separate virus such as EBV which doesn't induce Ca but enhances telomerase. ...Read more
Yes: Obesity is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer. Fat cells can actually make estrogen, even in men, and increased estrogen levels are associated with breast cancer. So although breast cancer is quite rare in men, obese men are more likely to develop breast cancer, just like obese women. And exercise is associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer... So get moving! ...Read more
They do: Male breast cancer exists, but is only 1% of breast ca. Females develop breast tissue in response to hormones at levels that men don't achieve. If men take certain hormone medications, their breast tissue can grow. Breast cancer cells can be estrogen sensitive, so genetic males taking estrogen or with liver dz may be at increased risk. Brca gene can also increase risk, as in females. ...Read more
Yes: Possible but not common, unless you have strong family history or carry a "bad" mutation of one of the genes associated with breast cancer. There are also personal risk factors like radiation to the chest or certain reproductive factors that increase the risk. If you are concerned, talk to your gyn or maybe to a professional with expertise in cancer risk evaluation and management. ...Read more
One In A Million: The incidence of breast cancer in teenagers is actually less than 1in a million. Benign breast lumps such as fibroadenomas are not uncommon, however. Regardless of age, any new lump warrants medical evaluation. ...Read more
I wish we knew!: We really don't know what causes breast cancer. We do know that women with a long exposure to estrogen are at a higher risk. If you started your period early, or never got pregnant, you have more estrogen exposure. But these are things you can't really change. However, alcohol intake is associated with breast cancer, so decrease how much you drink. And lower your body fat. And avoid bpa plastics. ...Read more
Yes you can.: Though uncommon, young women (and men) can develop breast cancer. It is more common with certain family histories of breast cancer, and there are genetic-related breast cancers. See your md for a breast exam, and ask how to do them yourself. Do once a month a week after your period. If you have a lump now, have it checked out. Many benign lumps exist, but you don't want to miss an early cancer! ...Read more
But it depends on multiple variables like family history, genetics (brca gene), environment (cigarettes, alcohol), diet, etc.
Please see this link for a more thorough explanation, and then you should discuss this with your doctor.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/breast-cancer/ds00328/dsection=risk-factors. ...Read more
Yes, but rare:
As a breast cancer specialist, I have seen women as young as 12 with breast cancer. HOWEVER, the younger you are, the less likely. Factors such as genetics, lifestyle, obesity, family history, and toxic exposures can increase the risk of breast cancer.
If you have a friend with a lump that is painless, growing, or just concerned, please urge her to see care. Ignoring it makes it worse. Luck ...Read more
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
Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more
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