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Do parabens really cause breast cancer?

Do parabens really cause breast cancer?

Probably not: First an internet hoax, then a few real papers not signed by colleagues. It makes little sense to think a estrogen weaker than tofu applied to the armpit, where it probably won't even be absorbed, overrides a woman's own powerful hormones. Statistical correlations are notoriously misleading because of people's selective memories & even these are weak. I'm dismissing it as junk science at best. ...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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Does deodorant really cause breast cancer?

Does deodorant really cause breast cancer?

No, No, and No: There has been no scientific evidence of this claim. In fact, a carefully conducted epidemiologic study of this issue published in 2002 compared 813 women with breast cancer and 793 women without the disease. The researchers found no link between breast cancer risk and antiperspirant use, deodorant use, or underarm shaving. ...Read more

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Do fat men get breast cancer?

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

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Do the breast enhancement pills "breast actives" cause breast cancer or uterus cancer?

Do the breast enhancement pills "breast actives" cause breast cancer or uterus cancer?

Unknown: Breast enhancement pills are not regulated and therefore may have various unknown substances in them. Some of those substances, especially if they include estrogen, may increase risk of cancers. ...Read more

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How do breast cancer anti estrogen pills work?

How do breast cancer anti estrogen pills work?

Starve tumor: Many tumors are fed by estrogen - the main female horomone. Anti-estrogen pills block the effects of estrogen (in a variety of different ways) and thereby starve the tumor from a vital growth factor. Even if you are postmenopausal (or even male) your body still produces estrogen in places like the adrenals and subcutaneous fat. ...Read more

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Does wearing padded bras cause breast cancer?

Does wearing padded bras cause breast cancer?

Not that we know of: There are no data showing padded bra as the cause of cancer. If you wear padded bras, make sure they are not too tight and are comfortable. ...Read more

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Grandma stage 4 colon cancer doing home chemo, is the sweat saliva fluid discharge toxic? Pregnant women n kids should avoid contact?

Grandma stage 4 colon cancer doing home chemo, is the sweat saliva fluid discharge toxic? Pregnant women n kids should avoid contact?

No: From cancer.Org: the only bodily fluid that could be considered 'toxic' would be urine. Men and women should sit to urinate to avoid splash transfer. Saliva and sweat will not have markedly amounts of chemicals. Just love on her as normal! ...Read more

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Will i improve my chances against breast cancer if i eat more soy? Do soy and soy products offer any protection against breast cancer? .

Will i improve my chances against breast cancer if i eat more soy? Do soy and soy products offer any protection against breast cancer? 

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Uncertain: Research is uncertain in this area. An asian study showed less cancer in women who used high amouns of soy, but not sure it can be compared to us women. See this susang. Komen site: http://ww5.Komen.Org/contentsimpleleft.Aspx?Id=6442451776. ...Read more

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Will i improve my chances against breast cancer if i eat more soy? Do soy and soy products offer any protection against breast cancer? .

Will i improve my chances against breast cancer if i eat more soy? Do soy and soy products offer any protection against breast cancer?

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UNCERTAIN: Soy is healthy and safe. There is no convincing evidence that soy products protect against breast cancer but they are good in general and may help to reduce the risk of breast cancer. ...Read more

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Breast cancer awareness items where can I buy them?

Breast cancer awareness items where can I buy them?

Try these: Susan g. Komen society at: http://ww5.Komen.Org/ american cancer society at: http://www.Cancer.Org/. ...Read more

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Why don't i ever see people wearing shirts that spread awareness of pancreatic cancer?

Why don't i ever see people wearing shirts that spread awareness of pancreatic cancer?

No good screen: Forgive me if i sound jaded, but this is reality. Money drives even good causes. There's no good way to screen for pancreatic cancer that makes money for any medical technology. The expensive "breast cancer awareness" campaigns appears to me to be paid for mostly by the mammogram machine industry. It's okay with me since it helps de-stigmatize and de-magic the illness for ordinary folks. ...Read more

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How do you check breast cancer other than mammogram?

How do you check breast cancer other than mammogram?

See list: For diagnosis: physical examination ultrasound breast mri needle biopsy excisional biopsy for staging: pet/ct scan sentinnel lymph node biopsy lumpectomy mastectomy axillary node dissection for follow-up: usually physical examination, and mammogram or mri. ...Read more

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How do breast cancer lumps feel like?

How do breast cancer lumps feel like?

Different: Breast cancer can feel different in each individual. Age, breast size, breast density and other symptoms can play a role in how it feels to the touch. If you feel something that is abnormal, go see your doctor. ...Read more

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If my grandmother passed from breast cancer, will they check me too for breast cancer?

If my grandmother passed from breast cancer, will they check me too for breast cancer?

Depends: If your grandma had breast cancer late in life and there is no other family history, you probably have the same risk for cancer as anyone else but i would need a full personal and family history to determine if your risk is higher than normal and if you need additional screening or genetic testing. See your gyn about this, maybe you need to visit a specialist in risk assessment. ...Read more

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Family history breast cancer, even Mom. 2 cousins got breast cancer but tested negative BRAC1/2. Should I get test. Cancer on both sides family?

Family history breast cancer, even Mom. 2 cousins got breast cancer but tested negative BRAC1/2. Should I get test. Cancer on both sides family?

Genetic counselor: You and your mom should meet with a genetic counselor. They will sit with you and discuss the family history and draw out a family tree to determine where the risk may be. Check with your local breast cancer center for a referral. ...Read more

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How often do mammograms miss breast cancer?

How often do mammograms miss breast cancer?

Approximately 10%: Mammograms are the best, most cost-effective method for identifying non-palpable breast cancers, but are by no means perfect. Some cancers (infiltrating lobular) are very difficult to see on mammography. Furthermore, some women have very dense breast tissue that obscures visualization of a cancer. Therefore, a normal mammogram should never determine how to evaluate a palpable breat lump. ...Read more

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Does breast cancer get too much publicity?

Does breast cancer get too much publicity?

No: Self breast examination, mammograms, ultrasound review and physician examination are used to diagnose breast cancer. Of the list, self breast examination is the most important---especially in younger women. Education is the mainstay to inform the public. Does breast cancer get too much publicity? Very few families can say that they have not been affected by breast cancer. ...Read more

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Cheaper way to diagnose breast cancer other than ultrasound?

Cheaper way to diagnose breast cancer other than ultrasound?

Density,age,fam hx: No and ultrasound alone can't detect all breast cancer. Under 30yo w no fam hx, ultrasound is a good first test. Over 40yo with dense breasts (40% of women) than a 3d tomosynthesis mammogram or 2d mammogram with breast ultrasound. Over 40, not dense, than 2d mammogram. If you have fam hx of breast cancer then you should speak with your doctor about yr risk and possible MRI. ...Read more

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Can the experts please talk about the newest breast cancer treatment + free or cheap for stage 4 breast cancer?

Can the experts please talk about the newest breast cancer treatment + free or cheap for stage 4 breast cancer?

Clinical trial: Stage 4 breast cancer treatments include a variety of complex options. I suggest that you look into enrolling into a funded clinical trial for stage 4 breast cancer, which will provide options for reduced or free treatment (see: http://www.Cancer.Gov/clinicaltrials). In addition, please consult with a social worker to see what other options for coverage that may be available to you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why don't men get breast cancer?

Why don't men get breast cancer?

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

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What will breast cancer do to people who don't die from it?

What will breast cancer do to people who don't die from it?

Breast Cancer: Breast cancer is definitely a deadly disease. The patients that survive deal with the psychological and physical ramifications from having cancer. Many times, the therapy (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation) can treat the cancer, but also dramatically affect the patient's well being. Seeing a plastic surgeon early can help patients deal with their disease and start to feel whole again. ...Read more

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What happens in the last stage of breast cancer when it's to late and can't be cured..?

What happens in the last stage of breast cancer when it's to late and can't be cured..?

Some people: Receive palliative care so that they have optimum pain control and feel more comfortable. Take care. ...Read more

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If I don't have children till after 30, does that increase my cancer rates for breast cancer?

If I don't have children till after 30, does that increase my cancer rates for breast cancer?

Breast cancer risk: 20 percent lower if the first birth was at age 20, 10 percent lower for first birth at age 25, and 5 percent higher if the first birth was at age 35 . The risk for a nulliparous woman is similar to that of a woman with a first full term birth at age 30. ...Read more

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What should I look out for on a day to day basis to ensure that I don't develop breast cancer?

What should I look out for on a day to day basis to ensure that I don't develop breast cancer?

No good answers: No one knows for sure what lifestyle activities decrease a woman's risk of breast cancer. But regular exercise and avoiding alcohol seem to help. Regular exercise means doing about 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week of moderate-intensity activity like brisk walking, running, cycling, swimming, or dancing. ...Read more

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If a woman doesn't have fully developed breasts, is it still possible for her to get breast cancer?

If a woman doesn't have fully developed breasts, is it still possible for her to get breast cancer?

Yes: By not having fully developed breasts, do you mean, pre-pubertal? Or do you mean smaller breasts? Breast cancer is dependent on many factors, many of which we know, and may of which we don't. Yes, it is possible in smaller breasted women, and is also possible in men. ...Read more

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Women that don't have children have a relative risk of 1.6 - 1.9 of getting breast cancer. What does this actually mean though?

Women that don't have children have a relative risk of 1.6 - 1.9 of getting breast cancer. What does this actually mean though?

Breast feeding: seems to reduce your risk. If the average risk is 1, those who never had children or breast fed are 1.6-1.9 times more likely to get breast cancer. Another way to look at this is to call breast feeding a treatment. Those who "receive" it (i.e breast feed) are 1/1.9 or 50 percent less likely to get breast cancer. ...Read more

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Grandmother had breast cancer lived she didn't get young what are the odds of me getting breast cancer?Is it passed on by family?I don't smokeordrink

Why do you ask?: A close relative with early breast cancer may prompt a genetic study. Otherwise, stop second-guessing your odds. This isn't productive. Report any dominant breast mass to your physician without delay, and comply with your physician's other recommendations on screening. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Should a woman who has two relatives in the same family with breast cancer history be concerned? Even if the relatives aren't of the same generation?

Should a woman who has two relatives in the same family with breast cancer history be concerned? Even if the relatives aren't of the same generation?

Maybe: Breast cancer is a common cancer, so it is not uncommon for relatives of a family to have multiple breast cancers. Cause for concern would be breast cancer at a young age (below early 40s) in multiple blood relatives, and also the presence of ovarian cancer. Genetic counselors are trained to review family histories and genetic testing based on those histories. ...Read more

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I was wondering what would happen if someone took tamoxifen if you didn't have breast cancer?

I was wondering what would happen if someone took tamoxifen if you didn't have breast cancer?

May surprise you but: ...Folks with high risk for breast cancer (without cancer) can take it to reduce their risk. It's not for everybody and should be done under the care of a specialist in the field. Anybody else will get the side effects (hot flashes and increased risk for blood clots and uterine cancer) for no gain at all. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have breast cancer if i don't have a tumor?

Is it possible to have breast cancer if i don't have a tumor?

Yes: The tumor could be seen as calcifications seen on mammgrams, or could be like early pget's disease. ...Read more

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What could happen if someone took tamoxifen if they didn't have breast cancer?

Talk to your doctor: Tamoxifen has other indications aside from treatment of breast cancer such as reducing the risk of breast cancer in women who carry high risk for developing breast cancer. It has many side effects that need to be taken into consideration before taking this medicine. It needs to be prescribed by a health care provider who is familiar in its indications and side effects. Do not take it on your own. ...Read more

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If i don't feel any lumps on my breasts or anything could I have breast cancer?

If i don't feel any lumps on my breasts or anything could I have breast cancer?

Not feeling a lump: Isn't proof of the absence of cancer. Are you concerned for any particular reason? Encourage you to continue self breast exams. If you are at a high risk - consult w medical. Take care. ...Read more

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If you have breasts that aren't symmetrical does that mean breast cancer risk goes up?

If you have breasts that aren't symmetrical does that mean breast cancer risk goes up?

NO!: Breast Cancer is a common disease. So you should do a Breast self examination once monthly and have a physician check you and examine the Breasts once yearly. An annual Mammogram is recommended. These are just routine good medical check up guidelines for you. Your breast Asymmetry would not pose any extra risk of breast Cancer. ...Read more

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What to do if I have tried checking for breast cancer and lumps but i don't know what to look for?

What to do if I have tried checking for breast cancer and lumps but i don't know what to look for?

Change: It's not what they feel like it's noticing a change in texture month to month and informing your MD of the change. This brochure should help explain: http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/self_exam/bse_steps?gclid=Cj0KEQjwjIy5BRClh8m_9Zu64d8BEiQAtZsQf2-bu8R9bqyWEyjfqb17-a5SO0RvmLyNpwmAVkpuojkaArGv8P8HAQ ...Read more

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In light of new findings about triclosan, if it truly could cause breast cancer, wouldn't there be many more cases of breast cancer in the population?

In light of new findings about triclosan, if it truly could cause breast cancer, wouldn't there be many more cases of breast cancer in the population?

Unrelated: Triclosan is an ingredient used in products like antibacterial soaps and toothpaste. Its been around for 40 years and may have side effects related to changing hormone patterns. For the most part breast cancer is inherited in about 5% of patients and is probably caused or associated with viral entry into the breast duct wnt-1 gene in about 80% of patients via the mmtv virus. ...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. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

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