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Does removing my ovaries reduce my chance of developing breast cancer?

Does removing my ovaries reduce my chance of developing breast cancer?

Ovaries/breast ca: Maybe, this is very controversial. In premenopausal wo=men with breast cancer, some med oncs will suppress the ovaries with monthly shots and prescribe antiestrogen pills. Some of these women choose to have the ovaries removed but there is not much data for it. If y carry the breast cancer gene, removing the ovaries reduces ovarian cancer risk mostly rather than breast cancer risk. ...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 having my womb/uterus taken out decrease my chances of breast cancer?

Does having my womb/uterus taken out decrease my chances of breast cancer?

No: Taking the uterus out would not affect your risk of breast cancer but if you are premenopausal taking the ovaries out would lower your risk. This of course also has drawbacks(sudden menopause and all it's associated symptoms: hotflashes, mood changes, bone thinning). I would only recommend this if there is a genetic predisposition for breast or ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Does my chance of cancer increase after fibroadenoma?

Does my chance of cancer increase after fibroadenoma?

Slightly, maybe: Good question. A fibroadenoma is absolutely not cancer and won't turn into cancer. There's some difference of opinion as to whether a woman who has had a fibroadenoma is more at risk for future breast cancer, but no one suggests that such a woman should do anything beyond the usual self-care, body awareness and routine cancer screening. ...Read more

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Does masturbation reduce my chances of getting prostate cancer?

Does masturbation reduce my chances of getting prostate cancer?

Sex and prostate: Cancer is almost always thought about by patients, but they rarely ask. It is still a taboo subject, so i tell them that there is no evidence that having or abstaning from sex with self, others, even bestiality, homosexual encoounters, having any influence on getting or protecting from prostate cancers. There were studies looking at rc priests, but we will not go there...Most men masturbate. ...Read more

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Does getting pregnant reduce the chances of getting breast cancer?

Does getting pregnant reduce the chances of getting breast cancer?

Maybe: From an epidemiologic standpoint, women with more children, especially if they had their first pregnancy relatively early in life - develop fewer breast cancers. However, the risk reduction is moderate at best. Better ways to reduce risk: exercise, avoidance of too much alcohol, keeping to a weight that is normal for your height, avoiding high fat foods and too kuch red meat. (and get mammogram. ...Read more

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Does stress increase my likelihood of developing breast cancer?

Does stress increase my likelihood of developing breast cancer?

Stress: Stress is a negative immunomodulator meaning it decreases the effectiveness of the immune system which slows healing and immune response among other things. There are some who believe it can contribute to worse outcomes in any disease and maybe increase the risk of disease. You will be healthier overall if you learn stress reduction techniques [yoga, meditation, etc]. ...Read more

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What is my likelihood of developing cancer at some point in life; my nan had breast cancer and her sister had ovarian cancer?

What is my likelihood of developing cancer at some point in life; my nan had breast cancer and her sister had ovarian cancer?

Difficult : There most likely is a higher risk. But main risk factor is your mother and any sisters with breast or ovarian cancer? The best thing you can do is meet with a genetic counselor, however, may not be needed at your age. In addition, any other cancers in the family? Self breast exam important! hope this helps. ...Read more

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What increases my risk of getting breast cancer?

What increases my risk of getting breast cancer?

To name a few....: Family hx of breast or ovarian cancer, certain benign breast conditions (atypical hyperplasia, lcis), des exposure, radiation exposure, "unopposed" high estrogen levels (early menarche, late menopause, children at a late age or not at all, estrogen supplements), obesity, sedentary lifestyle, alcohol, smoking*, hair dyes*, parabens*, aluminum hydroxide*, bpa-containing plastics*(*controversial)... ...Read more

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Can breast implants increase the chances of having breast cancer? My gma had breast cancer so its kinda in the family..

Can breast implants increase the chances of having breast cancer? My gma had breast cancer so its kinda in the family..

No: Breast implants don't increase your risk for developing breast cancer, but they do make it more difficult to feel a breast lump. They also might make it harder to see an abnormality on mammogram. A breast MRI might be necessary for you, but the radiologist who reads your mammograms will let you know. And you should still do self breast exams! ...Read more

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How can one reduce the chance of getting breast cancer?

How can one reduce the chance of getting breast cancer?

Healthy weight: We are not able to control most risk factors for breast cancer, such as being female, aging, and family history. We can control our weight, as obesity is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. Limit your alcohol intake, have babies, breast feed, and increase your physical activity. In addition we can perform routine screening. Early detection leads to the best chance of a cure. ...Read more

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How can I reduce my risk of getting colon cancer?

How can I reduce my risk of getting colon cancer?

Lifestyle changes: Lots of dietary factors help reduce the risk- high fiber through fruits & veggies; low fat and red meat; low alcohol use. Aspirin can reduce polyp formation and regular exercise is of benefit too. ...Read more

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Why does having an abortion so greatly increase the chance of getting breast cancer?

Why does having an abortion so greatly increase the chance of getting breast cancer?

It doesn't! : This is a myth that has been perpetuated for political reasons. It is not true. World experts have studied this question and they all agree: there is no increased risk of breast cancer in women who have had an induced or spontaneous abortion. To read more, check out this link: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/causes/ere/workshop-report. ...Read more

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Does the size of a breast increase its chances of having breast cancer?

Does the size of a breast increase its chances of having breast cancer?

No: Breast size doesn't affect risk for breast cancer. It is important to perform monthly breast self exam and be familiar with your own breasts. If you have larger and dense breasts, it can be more difficult to feel an abnormality but once you know your own breasts, it can be easier. ...Read more

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My grandmother had thyroid cancer. Does this increase the chances of my nodule being or becoming cancerous?

My grandmother had thyroid cancer. Does this increase the chances of my nodule being or becoming cancerous?

Thyroid cancer: Sorry about Grandma's cancer. With new approaches, when diagnosed early (i.e. before any cancer is spread) complete correction is most common. ...Read more

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Will my chances of getting breast cancer increase if I don't breast feed?

Will my chances of getting breast cancer increase if I don't breast feed?

Varies: Your risk depends on many factors. You should discuss your concerns with your friendly primary care physician. ...Read more

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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


Ovary (Definition)

The usually paired female or hermaphroditic reproductive organ that produces ova and, in vertebrates, ...Read more