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Does eating lots of nuts and seeds increase breast cancer risk? I have heard that monounsaturated fat can increase risk.

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

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


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Can thyroid cancer increase breast cancer risk?

Can thyroid cancer increase breast cancer risk?

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 more

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Is it bad 2 eat food with soy in if it is in small traces can it increase breast cancer risk? Also is sulphur dioxide as a preservative dangerous?

Is it bad 2 eat food with soy in if it is in small traces can it increase breast cancer risk? Also is sulphur dioxide as a preservative dangerous?

No. That's silly.: Truth be told, you need to stop reading internet scare stuff. You make sulfur oxides in your own body. If you travel in "green" circles, you'll meet people who urge you to eat a lot of soy "because phytoestrogens are good for you", and others who tell you to avoid it "because they cause cancer." These people write this stuff to pose as learned humanitarians and sell you junk. Be discerning. ...Read more

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I'm a 27 y.o male. If my paternal grandma had breast cancer (treated 12 years ago, still alive), does that increase my cancer risk?

I'm a 27 y.o male. If my paternal grandma had breast cancer (treated 12 years ago, still alive), does that increase my cancer risk?

Good question: from a guy , genetic implications are more to female Male breast cancers are rare 1% of them are in men ( male breast cancer ) At 27 don't worry about any cancer , eat health balanced diet with regular exercises avoid any chemicals ( substance abuse ) and be happy . ...Read more

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Will Plan B increase my breast cancer risk?

Will Plan B increase my breast cancer risk?

Not as used w Plan B: Plan B One-Step is a type of emergency contraception. This is birth control that can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. It is not as effective as regular contraception and is not meant to be taken it as your main form of birth control. As a result, you should not be exposed to levonorgestrel chronically unless it is used in your oral contraceptive pills. ...Read more

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Does wine increase or decrease breast cancer risk?

Does wine increase or decrease breast cancer risk?

Increases: Alcohol consumption increases breast cancer risk , studies show consumption of 3 to 4 alcohol drinks a wk showed 15 % increase of breast cancer risk, if you don't drink don't start. ...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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Is eating food that contains traces of soy dangerous if you are female? Can it increase your breast cancer risk eating traces of soy?

Is eating food that contains traces of soy dangerous if you are female? Can it increase your breast cancer risk eating traces of soy?

No: The jury is not out on this one yet. Some studies have suggested cause and effect and others have shown in a rat model that exposure may cause increase time to tumor, but decrease incidence. Traces of soy should not cause significant risk would be my conclusion. ...Read more

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Does breast cancer increase colon cancer risk?

Does breast cancer increase colon cancer risk?

Rarely.: Some hereditary mutations may increase the risk of both breast and colon cancer. Nevertheless, the majority of all breast and colon cancers are not hereditary. ...Read more

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Confused does taking prometrium increase or decrease breast cancer risk ?

Confused does taking prometrium increase or decrease breast cancer risk ?

Breast CA risk: I would go the drugs.com and look this up. Depends on how long, dose, reason for taking and family Hx of breast cancer and breast cancer genes you have. . ...Read more

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Does the mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD increase a woman's overall breast cancer risk?

Does the mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD increase a woman's overall breast cancer risk?

No: There is really no evidence that the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud increases cancer risk. In fact, there is some (albeit limited) evidence that it may decrease the risk of cancer. ...Read more

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Is breast cancer risk increased with suspicious bilateral microcalcification clusters and large thickened nodule w/neg. Us? How much?

Is breast cancer risk increased with suspicious bilateral microcalcification clusters and large thickened nodule w/neg. Us? How much?

Walk B4 U Run: Breast microcalcifications are very common, some of which may be associated with cancer. Radiologists will deem those suspicious enough to warrant biopsy as "birads 4 or 5". If so, the next step is to have a (nonsurgical) biopsy for definitive diagnosis. A nodule seen on mammography but not on ultrasound will also be categorized as above. Your next step is to speak w/the dr. Who ordered the mamm. ...Read more

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Please explain relative risk. For instance, "alcohol use increases breast cancer risk by 12% for every daily drink." What does that mean exactly?

Please explain relative risk.  For instance, "alcohol use increases breast cancer risk by 12% for every daily drink." What does that mean exactly?

Not sure: The incidence of breast cancer has remained fairly fixed for the past 50 yrs. The rate is about 1 in 7 developing the tumor which is the same in all countries exposed to the mouse with the MMTV virus. In Australia where there are mouse plagues the rate changes to 1 in 3 during the plague. Alcohol, when reducing immunity if taken in excess can enhance certain cancer such as oral squamous Ca . ...Read more

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Do I have breast cancer, risk if one grandma had it?

Do I have breast cancer, risk if one grandma had it?

Family HX& breast CA: You will be at risk for developing breast cancer just like the rest of us. In order to have an increased risk due to family...You need two first degree relatives or family who has had ca at young age. Two first degree relatives is your mom and a sister...Not a grandma. Get your annual mammogram and do your self exams, see your md once a year :). ...Read more

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Can stress cause breast cancer?

Can stress cause breast cancer?

Stress/Cancer: No direct correlation, although stress can alter the immune system function in the long run. ...Read more

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How can you reduce breast cancer risk?

How can you reduce breast cancer risk?

Healthy Lifestyle: The best things you can do include avoiding estrogen-progesterone pills, smoking, and radiation exposure. Exercise, a healthy diet, and avoidance of alcohol will further reduce the risk. A summary of a recent epidemiological study can be found below: http://www.Medpagetoday.Com/meetingcoverage/sabcs/30072. ...Read more

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What kind of impact does stress have on breast cancer?

What kind of impact does stress have on breast cancer?

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 more

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What is hereditary breast cancer risk?

What is hereditary breast cancer risk?

Certain genetic: Risks, brca 1 & 2, are known, other are not, but familial clusters (mother, aunt sister) point to risk but the actual cause and function of the genetics are mysterious. We humans have a hard time with "risk". Some with no risk delvelop a cancer; others with high risk do not. The statistical facts work epidemiologicallyfor populations, but are not informative for an individual. They do cause worr. ...Read more

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Is triple negative type breast cancer hereditary? Or can it be caused by stress and overweight?

Is triple negative type breast cancer hereditary? Or can it be caused by stress and overweight?

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 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. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. 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 ...Read more