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Does Stress Increase Breast Cancer Risk
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Stress and cancer: No strong evidence that stress causes any cancer. However , those who attempt to manage their stress with risky behaviors such as smoking or drinking alcohol- can increase the risk to have cancer related to their behavior. Also, from experimental studies- it's suggested that stress can affect a tumor’s ability to grow and spread. Emotional and social support can help cope with psychological stress. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe: The majority of brca1 positive patients that get breast cancer have triple negative breast cancer. Overweight patients may have tougher time breathing but a chest xray or other imaging for stating may be indicated for treatment of triple negative disease. There are many clinical trials available for this disease and they usually include a thorough staging workup. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown: It is very difficult if not impossible to attribute one factor alone as a cause of breast cancer. A recent study looked at stress levels in breast cancer patients and found the stress scores higher in those with more aggressive cancers, but it's hard to know whether the stress caused the aggressive form or if the aggressive cancer caused more stress. Regardless, stress, obviously, is never good. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My mom has stage 3 breast cancer im 31 and have never had a mammogram and I don't have insurance how can I get checked out with out paying a lot im very stressed out about it . Does anyone know a place to go in denver?
Health dept: The natl breast & cervical cancer program is offered in all 50 states. You may need to check with your local (county) or city health deptment for information. Check with mammogram centers in your area, who are usually funded by komen or avon to provide free screenings. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can i work as a firefighter while taking Xanax my wife has stage 4 breast cancer and the stress was giving me anxiety. I was prescribe .05 mg Xanax 2x per day i feel it has helped me. However i don't know how my employer will feel about it
Hello. : Hello. I do not know that answer to that question. Here is the problem, a medication like xanax (alprazolam) is mood altering. It can make you sedated or slow your reaction times. This could make you less responsive and less effective as a fire fighter. You are in a high risk profession, so you need to be fully aware and awake. If you were a diver or a pilot in the military, being on this type of mediation (benzodiazapine) would render you unsuitable for the job. My guess would be that there are guidelines for health restrictions in your area. The most responsible thing to do is to talk to your employer about it. I am very sorry about your wife's illness. Take care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does eating lots of nuts and seeds increase breast cancer risk? I have heard that monounsaturated fat can increase risk.
Maybe: There is conflicting evidence. In general, there is an association between high total fat intake and a higher risk of breast cancer. This is in keeping with evidence that demonstrates obesity as a risk factor for breast cancer. When studies have tried to break it down by type of fat, monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) have been shown to both increase and decrease breast cancer risk. Jury is still out. ...Read more
Not usually: There are some families who have increased rates of a variety of cancers, including papillary thyroid cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer. But having one does not cause an risk for another; instead inherited genes put a person at increased risk for both. A person with a history of thyroid cancer should be sure to get recommended mammograms and colon tests. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more
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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