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Does fibrocystic breast diesease increase cancer risk?

Does fibrocystic breast diesease increase cancer risk?

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 more

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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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Does smoking cause breast fibrocystic breast disease?

Does smoking cause breast fibrocystic breast disease?

Maybe: Studies have been contradictory regarding the relationship between smoking and fibrocystic changes. Periductal mastitis and subareolar abscesses are associated with cigarette smoking. ...Read more

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Does breast inflammation lead to breast cancer?

Does breast inflammation lead to breast cancer?

No, but: There is a particularly aggressive breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer, where the skin is ed and the skin puckered like an orange skin. ...Read more

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Does smoking cause breast cancer?

Does smoking cause breast cancer?

No: No direct correlation with breast cancer, and smoking. There is direct correlation with several other cancers, and smoking. Lung cancer, head and neck cancer, bladder cancer is to name just a few. ...Read more

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Can fibrocystic breast disease lead to breast cancer?

Can fibrocystic breast disease lead to breast cancer?

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 more

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Will fibrocystic breast disease eventually or inevitably lead to breast cancer?

Will fibrocystic breast disease eventually or inevitably lead to breast cancer?

NO: Fibrocystic disease is now termed fibrocystic change and by itself is not associated with increased risk for breast cancer. However, regular breast self examinations and mammograms are still recommended. ...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 does psychological stress effect oxidative stress in cancer patients?

How does psychological stress effect oxidative stress in cancer patients?

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

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Does inflamatory breast cancer always have visual symptoms?

Does inflamatory breast cancer always have visual symptoms?

Usually: Not always but it usually does. That is why it is important to examine your breasts every month. Hope this helps. It can be red, inverted nipple, peau de orange-skin appears like the skin of an orange. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does cohn disease increase your risk for colon cancer?

Does cohn disease increase your risk for colon cancer?

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 more

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Whom does breast cancer affect?

Whom does breast cancer affect?

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 more

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Can there be any breast cancer worse than inflammatory breast cancer?

Can there be any breast cancer worse than inflammatory breast cancer?

Breast cancer: Inflammatory breast cancer can be very difficult to treat because of its involvement in the skin. That being said I have participated in several cases with favorable outcomes. ...Read more

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Im wondering if Paget's disease or breast cancer or any breast issues come from bacteria?

Im wondering if Paget's disease or breast cancer or any breast issues come from bacteria?

Yes, mastitis: Mastitis is typically unilateral, focal, very tender and warm to touch. Mastitis can be caused by pagets and/or cancer. No correlation has been determined yet that infection causes cancer. ...Read more

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Does celiac disease lead to cancer?

Does celiac disease lead to cancer?

Intestinal lymphoma: Some studies have suggested that there is an increase in intestinal lymphomas in celiac patients who are not maintaining a gluten-free diet. ...Read more

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How would recurrent psoriasis affect breast cancer reconstruction?

How would recurrent psoriasis affect breast cancer reconstruction?

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

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Does mastis lead to breast cancer?

Does mastis lead to breast cancer?

No: Mastitis is describing inflammation. A swollen breast though may hide cancer and sometimes and underlying cancer can manifest swelling and redness in the breast. ...Read more

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Is ductal carcinoma in situ really breast cancer? Can lifestyle, nutrition or supplements affect its course or occurrence?

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 more

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Does surgery cause ovarian cancer to spread?

Does surgery cause ovarian cancer to spread?

Not usually: The majority of ovarian cancers are diagnosed after it has already spread widely through the body. Surgery does not usually make this worse, but helps the treatment by decreasing the bulk of the cancer. ...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