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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

The breast is both a male and female organ. However its main function is in the delivery of milk to the newborn. Breast cancer occurs 95% of the time in women and 5% of the time in men. It is treated the same regardless of which sex it appears in. It comes in two forms invasive and non-invasive; distinction is important as ...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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For what length of time can you live with undiagnosed and untreated breast cancer?

A long time...: Especially if one includes dcis in this category, which is better designated pre-cancer. On the other hand, we sadly see neglected breast cancer with the tumor bursting out of the breast skin, bleeding and producing a fetid mess. Not treating real cancer is a big mistake. Dying with uncontrolled local breast cancer is a horror for the patient and those who love them and care for them. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms for breast cancer as my wife complain from pain in breast and feel that they are heavy?

What is the symptoms for breast cancer as my wife complain from pain in breast and feel that they are heavy?

Many or none: Proper screening with self breast exams looking for new lumps, breast exams by your physician looking for skin or nipple chanes as well as masses or lymph nodes, and mammogram and ultrasound if needed are the best ways to pick up early stage breast cancer before it causes any symptoms. Once advanced it can cause many different symptoms throughout the body. ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of breast cancer?

What are the early symptoms of breast cancer?

Silence: In this country, breast cancer is most often detected by mammogram, before any symptoms. Other symptoms include a painless new lump, swollen lymph nodes in the armpit, dimpling in the skin of the breast, a newly inverted nipple, scaling or crusting of the nipple, or a sore on the breast that doesn't heal. ...Read more

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Its a great honour to meet u....... Sir, can u please tell me the symptoms of breast cancer?In female.. Age 18 years?

Its a great honour to meet u....... Sir, can u please tell me the symptoms of breast cancer?In female.. Age 18 years?

Breast lump, etc. : The most common sign/symptom is the presence of a lump in the breast. Other symptoms include nipple discharge, nipple inversion, skin indentation, and breast pain. Nevertheless, the majority of people diagnosed with breast cancer have no symptoms whatsoever. The best way to diagnose breast cancer early is to have routine screening mammograms beginning at age 40. ...Read more

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Symptoms of breast cancer?

Symptoms of breast cancer?

Maybe none: Early breast cancer has no signs or symptoms. Breast cancer may later present as a painless firm breast lump. Rarely changes in color of the skin, sometimes nipple will get retracted or breast skin pulled inward. Best is to have yearly physical examination and mammogram after age 40 before these symptoms occur. Any breast lump, painful or not, should be examined by your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

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