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Do I Have To Worry About Breast Cancer As 70yo Male
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
It depends: This is a very broad question. The recovery time means different things to different patients and doctors. If it is recovery time from an operation, then it takes about 4-6 weeks. But if it is more advanced cancer and chemotherapy is being used, it can take seevral months. So you have to ask your question to your oncologist and he/she can answer it more exactly. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hello, Does Proscar (finasteride) prevents or creates men breast cancer on the long run?I have been taking 1mg for hair loss treatment, anything to worry about?
No: Dominique: breast cancer incidence increases the older a woman is and is very rare for women in their 20's. Unless you have a strong family history, i would not recommend any screening tests. However, any palpable lump in the breast or new symptom (nipple discharge, persistent pain, skin change, etc) should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe: If you have a strong family history of breast cancer, you may be at increased risk. Talk to your doctor regarding genetic counseling, specifically for the brca gene. If, however, you don't have such a history, self breast exams monthly until age 40, then self exams + mammograms yearly, should detect an early very unusual mass for your age. After menopause, risk of breast cancer is age related. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am experiencing pain under my armpits down to the breasts..I hear if there is pain then I shouldn't worry about breast cancer so what could that be?
Pain: Several questions must be answered before diagnosis can be made [exam also necesssary]: what initiates the pain? What makes it better? Is it throbbing, constant, intermittent, stabbing? How intense on a scale of 1-10? How long does it last each time? How often occurring? Any lumps in armpits? Any back trouble? Is the skin normal? Age of the patient? Any health issues? Any medicines prescribed? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have Squamous cell cancer on the top part of my left breast near the body attachment for the breast. Should I worry about breast cancer. 7 yrs now ?
Squamous cell CA: Squamous cell cancer is a cancer that metastasizes. Ie it spreads. Of course get it taken care of. as soon as you can. ...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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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