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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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For what length of time can you live with untreated breast cancer and have no symptoms?

For what length of time can you live with untreated breast cancer and have no symptoms?

Years: Breast cancers are usually present for years before being found. They may produce a mass and no other symptoms until very advanced. This is part of the rational behind screening. If found when small, there is an excellent chance at a cure. If found after a long existence, cures are more difficult. ...Read more

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I have a lump in my left breast that feels about the size of a plum pit. I have no symptoms of breast cancer, but could it still be it?

I have a lump in my left breast that feels about the size of a plum pit. I have no symptoms of breast cancer, but could it still be it?

Yes, it can.: This is why women are encouraged to do a self exam regularly, like every month or so. It can still be benign, but cancer must be ruled out. Mammograms at a certain age are also very important for the same reason. So the next step is to see your doctor to get this examined with tests, and the like, to find out exactly what this is. ...Read more

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I have asymptomatic microhematuria. Urologist ordered CT scan with contrast. What might he expect to find (if anything). (history of breast cancer)?

I have asymptomatic microhematuria. Urologist ordered CT scan with contrast. What might he expect to find (if anything).  (history of breast cancer)?

Main concern: Is the detection of renal cancer. Other things sought for include stones, evidence of infection, and less likely entities such as papillary necrosis, arteriovenous malformations, renal artery aneurysms, and renal vein thrombosis. The bladder will also be imaged but cystoscopy is much better for looking for bladder concerns. ...Read more

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How long do people usually live with untreated breast cancer?

How long do people usually live with untreated breast cancer?

Variable: This is highly dependent on the cancer type and stage of presentation. Some aggressive forms of cancer may take over vital organs within months; other breast cancers may rarely spread to other organs and may be indolent for years and years. What remains true is that there is no benefit of "watchful waiting" when it comes to breast cancer: all else being equal, early diagnosis can save lives. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms for breast cancer?

What are the common symptoms for breast cancer?

Oftentimes nothing: Oftentimes, breast cancers are found with routine mammography. By getting yearly mammograms, differences in the breast tissue can be visualized with the mammogram. In some instances, women may feel a new mass in their breast, notice a growing mass in the breast, or potentially have spontaneous bloody nipple discharge. These are only some symptoms; make sure to get breast exam if concerned. ...Read more

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Got 4 symptoms of breast cancer so do I have it?

Got 4 symptoms of breast cancer so do I have it?

See a doctor: The only way to diagnose breast cancer is to get a biopsy of the lump/mass/calcifications/abnormality on imaging. I highly recommend you contact your doctor/gynecologist to get a physical examination and then mammogram and ultrasound. This question can only be answered when you follow the steps below. Good luck. ...Read more

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Symptoms of breast cancer? Can 18y/o be at risk?

Remote chances: Cancer of breast is very very rare at the age of 19 , and is an unlikely self diagnosis , see your doctor for examination and assurance . ...Read more

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What are some immediate symptoms of breast cancer?

What are some immediate symptoms of breast cancer?

Breast Lump: The most common symptom is the presence of a new breast lump. Other things to look for include nipple discharge, especially clear or bloody, breast pain, and/or dimpling of the skin. Of course, the goal of breast cancer screening is to diagnose cancers before any of these symptoms develop. Please begin yearly mammography at age 40. ...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