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Does Stress Worsen Breast Cancer Disease
No.: Fibrocystic changes, in the truest sense, can only be diagnosed under the microscope after breast biopsy; the only changes associated with increased cancer risk are those with atypia. "fibrocystic disease" has become a catch-all term to describe "lumpy-bumpy" breast tissue, and is an almost-universal phenomenon in any woman who has been seen by a doctor for breast evaluation. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
No, but...: All women at some time have some of the changes we used to call "fibrocystic disease". Fibrosis and cysts pose no risk. If a woman has sclerosing adenosis or one of the atypical epithelial hyperplasias, her risk for a subsequent breast cancer is somewhat increased. I'd urge old-fashioned self-exam at the same time each month for all women, with biopsy of any dominant mass. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Awesome question!: Recent study supports the emerging model that chronic stress exposure promotes oxidative damage through frequent and sustained activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. It also supports the less studied model of 'eustress' - that manageable levels of life stress may enhance psychobiological resilience to oxidative damage. Best regards. ...Read more
While Chron's can: Have varied course, it can affect the entire gut. It's cousin, ulcerative colitis that affects the large bowel, is the cancer prone malady. Chron's, aka regional enteritis, can cause a great deal of misery, but it is not usually a cancer prone illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
One-In-Eight Women: A common misconception is that women without a family history need not worry about breast cancer. In truth, most breast cancers occur in women with no risk factors. Furthermore, the incidence increases with age. Every woman needs to have regular screening mammograms beginning at age 40. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Where is the psoriasis? Is it located where breast surgery would be performed? Active skin lesions located at the site of surgery would increase infection & poor healing risks. If the psoriasis is located somewhere else, then likely no effect on the surgery. Ask a plastic surgeon & have them examine you. ...Read more
Is ductal carcinoma in situ really breast cancer? Can lifestyle, nutrition or supplements affect its course or occurrence?
Precancerous: Carcinoma in-situ is just one step short of cancer. There is no scientific evidence for or against life style changes altering the course of in-situ lesions. You may engage in life style changes that promote a healthy life style but should not omit conventional treatment. Steve jobs low grade cancer became fatal while he tried to treat it by alternative methods. See your doctor. ...Read moreSee 4 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
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
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