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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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I wanted to know is breast cancer really a systemic disease?

I wanted to know is breast cancer really a systemic disease?

Not necessarily: Breast cancer that is small and has not spread from the breast is considered a localized disease, making it easier to treat and less chance of recurrence. Cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes indicates that it may have spread to other sites and may be a systemic condition, making it harder to treat. ...Read more

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I have a problem with breast cancer races, think it trivializes the disease. Anyone else?

I have a problem with breast cancer races, think it trivializes the disease. Anyone else?

Perhaps, but...: ...It also raises awareness about the disease, provides an opportunity for friends & family to support survivors, raises money to help others, and allows people to memorialize those that may have succumbed to this cancer. I have seen a lot of good that has come from these events but its clearly not for everyone. ...Read more

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Afraid i may have breast cancer or Paget's disease, how do I know for sure?

Afraid i may have breast cancer or Paget's disease, how do I know for sure?

MD: You need a physical exam to begin with, my friend. The doc will evaluate your risk for cancer and make sure you are up to date in your screenings. He/she will then determine the need for further work up such as a biopsy. We cannot help you online but certainly hope you do well. ...Read more

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Benign breast disease and the risk of breast cancer?

Benign breast disease and the risk of breast cancer?

Depends: Most benign breast findings do not lead to or cause breast cancer. Some breast tissue biopsies can show benign but possibly pre-cancerous cells, such as atypical ductal hyperplasia or lobular neoplasia (for example). You would need to discuss any breast biopsy results and their possible risks with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the newly found breast cancer called paget's disease?

What is the newly found breast cancer called paget's disease?

Cancer under the: Nipple. Breast cancer can spread through the milk ducts to the nipple and cause an eczema like rash with a distinct microscopic appearance on biopsy. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pagets-disease-of-the-breast/ds00771. ...Read more

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My mom has breast cancer, What can you tell me about this disease?

My mom has breast cancer, What can you tell me about this disease?

See: http://www.cancer.org/healthy/morewaysacshelpsyoustaywell/breastcancer - It has great info from the American Cancer Society. Take care. ...Read more

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How do I differentiate between breast cancer and fibrocystic disease?

How do I differentiate between breast cancer and fibrocystic disease?

Exam,Mamm,(sono)Gram: Fibrocystic changes may interfere w/breast examination and/or mammography. Nevertheless, using these modalities along w/breast ultrasound, we can usually distinguish between the two. Rarely, we need to check an MRI or even do a breast biopsy to evaluate a suspicious lump or mammographic abnormality. ...Read more

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How do you know that you are free of breast cancer or any breast diseases?

How do you know that you are free of breast cancer or any breast diseases?

Can never be sure: The best you can do is breast self exam, be certain to get yearly mammograms and have physician evaluate you on a yearly basis. If you are high risk or feel you are then genetic testing may be helpful as well. Discuss this further with your doctor. ...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. Laurence Badgley
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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

Widespread pain and tenderness on palpation of specific muscle points, associated with variety of other symptoms that include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, ...Read more