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Does having an aunt with uterine cancer make me more likely to have one too?

Does having an aunt with uterine cancer make me more likely to have one too?

Possibly: There is an inheritence pattern for several cancer types, including ovarian cancer. However, knowing the specific type (endometrioid, serous, brenner, mucinous, etc), would make a definitive comment more meaningful. ...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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Is it true if you had a maternal aunt with breast cancer you are more likely to get it?

Is it true if you had a maternal aunt with breast cancer you are more likely to get it?

True!: Yes. Family history of breast cancer in second degree relatives increases the risk of breast cancer but only modestly. Family history in a first degree relative is a much stronger risk factor. In addition, if the family member is diagnosed younger age, the risk is higher than if he/she was diagnosed at older age. ...Read more

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Does having radiation for my breast cancer make me more likely to get an infection?

Does having radiation for my breast cancer make me more likely to get an infection?

In some ways: During radiation therapy, your skin is more fragile and may develop blisters. When skin is broken like this, it is easier for bacteria to cause infection. After radiation therapy, the lymphatic vessels in your breast tissue may be altered. This can increase your risk of developing an infection in your breast, armpit or arm. ...Read more

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Could having low testosterone make it harder for me to have children?

Could having low testosterone make it harder for me to have children?

Yes: A low testosterone level can be a casue of male infertility. If you and your partner are dealing with infertility, you should should both be working with infertility specialists who will be looking at both female and male factors. If you have a low testosterone level, testosterone replacement will not help with fertility. ...Read more

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I had an MRI a week ago to see if prostate cancer spread to other organs. Doctor has not called me with results. Could that mean good or bad news?

I had an MRI a week ago to see if prostate cancer spread to other organs.  Doctor has not called me with results.  Could that mean good or bad news?

Neither: It doesn't mean anything good or bad at this point. The scan should have been interpreted by now. You can call your doctor and inquire about the results. ...Read more

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What is the gene you can have that makes you more likely to get breast and ovarian cancer?

What is the gene you can have that makes you more likely to get breast and ovarian cancer?

Among many: BRCA1/2: There are a number of genes associated with increased risk of developing breast cancer. BRCA1 & 2 are the most known and studied but other genes are: TP53, PTEN, PALB2, CHEK2 ... (see list at http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/type/breast-cancer/about/risks/breast-cancer-genes) NCI has good info on BRCA1/2 at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/BRCA as a starting point ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to have colon cancer earlier than grandparent who had it?

Is it possible for me to have colon cancer earlier than grandparent who had it?

Anything possible: It is possible, but it depends on the age that your grandparent had cancer and if you have a familial mutation. If your grandparent was elderly and there is no sign of a strong family history it is no more likely than the average person. ...Read more

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Please tell me if it is normal for someone to have multiple fibroadenomas in one breast?

Please tell me if it is normal for someone to have multiple fibroadenomas in one breast?

No, it is unusual: You should consult an expert breast specialist who can evaluate you further and guide you about proper treatment. ...Read more

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I'm getting a breast enlargement and my physiatrist told me that i will be at higher risk for cancer. Is this true?

I'm getting a breast enlargement and my physiatrist told me that i will be at higher risk for cancer. Is this true?

No: Understand annual or regular breast cancer screening imaging may also include ultrasound or mri. Tomosynthesis & pet-mammo may also play minor role as secondary supplemental steps in certain cases. Data suggest breast augmentation may "hide" (not cause) cancer until larger but that shouldn't happen with the above tech & educated person & physician team. ...Read more

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The doctor told me I have a heart defect. Will this make it harder to have sex with someone?

The doctor told me I have a heart defect. Will this make it harder to have sex with someone?

Depends: Effect of cardiac defects/disease on overall function depends on the type of defect and severity. Overall, if you had not had problems in the past, the fact that you know you have a condition should not make a significant difference in performance. ...Read more

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Can someone at the age of 18 get a hysterectomy? My periods are awful, and I want kids, but would be open to adopting if it means no more suffering...

Can someone at the age of 18 get a hysterectomy? My periods are awful, and I want kids, but would be open to adopting if it means no more suffering...

Yes, but....: There are so many ways to help you feel better that do not require removing your uterus. Only on very rare occasions does the uterus need to be removed to control symptoms. You need to see a doctor and figure out why you are having such pain and then treat the cause. ...Read more

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I have one kid now ready for more and i'm not ovulatin what could it be? And is there a chance to even have more kids?

I have one kid now ready for more and i'm not ovulatin what could it be? And is there a chance to even have more kids?

Yes : The first step is to find out why you don't ovulate and then try and solve it. Anovulation can be caused by pcos or other hormones imbalance such as prolactin, thyroid. Also excessive weight reduction / exercise and very rarely by diminish ovarian function . The majority of those conditions can be treated relatively easily by your obgyn or fertility specialist . Your young age is a huge benefit. ...Read more

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My doctor decided to do a colposcopy due to an irregular pap, she says as an added benefit i could have less discharge in the future. True?

My doctor decided to do a colposcopy due to an irregular pap,  she says as an added benefit i could have less discharge in the future. True?

It may be.: Discharge is often from an infection. Hpv is a virus that infects the cervix and can cause abnormal paps. Sometimes when we treat the hpv, the discharge resolves. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does my ethnic background make me more or less likely to get heart disease? Does someone's race or ethnicity really make a difference in his risk of developing heart disease? Why does skin color or where you were born make someone more likely to have hear

Does my ethnic background make me more or less likely to get heart disease? Does someone's race or ethnicity really make a difference in his risk of developing heart disease? Why does skin color or where you were born make someone more likely to have hear

Actually, : Actually, yes, but not exactly. There are essentially two things that makes a person more or less likely to get a disease: one - genetic makeup and two - environmental factors. Your genetic predisposition to disease depends on small differences in your dna called single nucleotide polymorphisms or snps (pronounced "snips"). However, snps are not distributed evenly among people of different ethnicities. Thus, a snp associated with one disease could be found frequently among people born in one area but almost never among people born in a different geographic area. Also, a snp associated with a particular disease in one ethnicity such as caucasians may not be associated with that disease in another ethnicity, such as north american indians. In addition to a genetic predisposition, the environment plays a very important role in disease risk. Diet, smoking, pollutants have a significant impact on one's chances of developing a disease and these factors vary greatly between geographic locations. I have appended a link here to a website that allows you to calculate your heart disease risk, however, I am not sure if that calculator factors in the genetic predisposition. ...Read more

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All my immediate family are overweight does that mean its harder for me to lose weight than someone else or that im more likely to be overweight?

All my immediate family are overweight does that mean its harder for me to lose weight than someone else or that im more likely to be overweight?

Well,...: A recent study came out that was titled "It is not in the genes, it is what you eat." That being said, I believe there is certainly a possible genetic predisposition to obesity, BUT with the proper diet and exercise program, this can be easily affected to be healthier and at a more proper weight. Eat well, exercise often, be regimented, avoid temptations, stay well! ...Read more

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If I have too much estrogen, or not enough progesterone, does that make me more susceptible to breast cancer?

If I have too much estrogen, or not enough progesterone, does that make me more susceptible to breast cancer?

Breast cancer risk: Maybe: some breast cancers take up estrogen as a sort of growth hormone to encourage growth, so too much estrogen can speed growth of these cancers. There is a very small increase in breast cancer risk with estrogen only given postmenopausally for the symptoms. Relative increase in Progesterone only is associated with some breast disorders also but cancer risk is unclear. ...Read more

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According to medical report i don't have uterus and i never had a period. So is it possible to have a baby by me or with the help of other girl?

According to medical report i don't have uterus and i never had a period. So is it possible to have a baby by me or with the help of other girl?

Maybe: If you have ovaries , they could be stimulated to produce several eggs at once that could be harvested by a fertility doctor.These could be fertilized and create an embryo that another woman could carry for you. ...Read more

Dr. John Geisler
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Uterine Cancer (Definition)

Also known as cancer of the uterus, this is when cancer grows in the female organ in which the implantation of an embryo and carrying of a fetus take place. Cancer usually develops in the cells that form the uterine--a portion of which are shed ...Read more


Uterus (Definition)

The uterus is a muscular organ in a woman's pelvis where the the fertilized egg attaches ...Read more