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Family history breast cancer, even Mom. 2 cousins got breast cancer but tested negative BRAC1/2. Should I get test. Cancer on both sides family?

Family history breast cancer, even Mom. 2 cousins got breast cancer but tested negative BRAC1/2. Should I get test. Cancer on both sides family?

Genetic counselor: You and your mom should meet with a genetic counselor. They will sit with you and discuss the family history and draw out a family tree to determine where the risk may be. Check with your local breast cancer center for a referral. ...Read more

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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22yrs old mammogram normal enlarged right axillary lymph node 7mm left axillary lymph node 3mm waiting biopsy results. Family history breast cancer?

22yrs old mammogram normal enlarged right axillary lymph node 7mm left axillary lymph node 3mm waiting biopsy results. Family history breast cancer?

Be patient: Even with a family history of breast cancer, it would be very rare for a 22 yo to have the disease. You only have about a 14-15% chance of developing breast cancer, unless there are multiple family members who have the disease. There are many reasons for lymph nodes to enlarge, many benign, so just wait for the results. Good luck. ...Read more

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How safe is hormone replacement therapy if family history breast cancer?

How safe is hormone replacement therapy if family history breast cancer?

Varies: If a first order relative (mother, sister, daughter) has bc I would take ert only briefly and then only for severe symptoms. Remember that we try to prevent breast cancer by prescribing tamoxifen — which blocks estrogen. Adding ert definitely increases risk, somewhat, so you have to balance risks/benefits. Some women are miserable without it — and a short course may be appropriate for them. ...Read more

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1st mammogram ever and abnormal, family history breast cancer. Single group amorphous microcalcs in left breast. US BIRAD 3 and now going for MRI. Biopsy?

1st mammogram ever and abnormal, family history breast cancer. Single group amorphous microcalcs in left breast. US BIRAD 3 and now going for MRI. Biopsy?

A grouping: Of amorphous calcifications is probably not appropriate for BIRAD category 3(probably benign). Although they are still likely going to be benign, stereotactic needle biopsy may be more appropriate management, and BIRAD 4 a more appropriate category. Breast MRI is generally not that useful in the imaging work up of microcalcifications. ...Read more

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Is there a diet that a person with a history of breast cancer should follow?

Is there a diet that a person with a history of breast cancer should follow?

Healthy: They should maintain a healthy diet. There is no evidence for a specific diet to follow. ...Read more

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Family has no history of breast cancer, how common is breast cancer at 25 years of age.

Family has no history of breast cancer, how common is breast cancer at 25 years of age.

Uncommon: Less than 0.6% of breast cancers occur under the age of 30. But it does occur, with reported 11, 000 patients diagnosed with breat csncer under-age 40 in the us in one year (of the 230, 000 total breast cancer patients). If you have a breast lump or concern see a doctor. ...Read more

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I am concerned because for a year and a half now, I've had alump. There is history of breast cancer in my nuclear family. What should I do?

I am concerned because for a year and a half now, I've had alump. There is history of breast cancer in my nuclear family. What should I do?

See your: Doctor, do not neglect, simple examination with mammography (some times biopsy if needed) will establish diagnosis, at 37 could be benign , this only your doctor can tell , make the appointment now. ...Read more

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Breast pain normal at age 23? No history of breast cancer

Breast pain normal at age 23? No history of breast cancer

Better sports bra: It could be that you need a better sports bra for support. Find a place that does a good fitting for bra, or consider a sports bra. If you have pain in a specific area see a surgeon. ...Read more

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What can I expect if I have a family history of breast cancer?

What can I expect if I have a family history of breast cancer?

It depends: The risk of breast cancer depends on multiple variables like family history, age, genetics (brca gene), environment (cigarettes, alcohol), diet, etc. Please see this link, and then you should discuss this with your doctor.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/breast-cancer/ds00328/dsection=risk-factors. ...Read more

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There is a family history of breast cancer. Should i be worried?

There is a family history of breast cancer. Should i be worried?

Depends on age: In order to answer this question, we need to know the age at diagnosis of the relative(s) and how this person is related to you. You can seek out a breast center or breast specialist who can do a risk assessment and follow you in a high risk program. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if I have a family history of breast cancer?

Should i be concerned if I have a family history of breast cancer?

Maybe: First degree relatives (mother, sister, daughter) of patients with breast cancer are at increased risk for developing cancer. More distant relatives have a risk similar to that of us population. ...Read more

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I have a family history of breast cancer. How worried should I be?

I have a family history of breast cancer. How worried should I be?

Not to worry: If several members of the family have had breast Ca then the BRACA gene should be examined. If present then there is a familial history. If not then Br Ca is acquired. That represents 7% of women susceptible each year. Doing a monthly self exam and a single mammogram should be sufficient. If mammo neg then repeat at age 40 with montlhy physical and physician exam yearly will be sufficient ...Read more

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Do all women with a family history of breast cancer end up with it?

Do all women with a family history of breast cancer end up with it?

No: While there is an increased risk, it is not 100%. Even in women who have brac1 or brac2 abnormalities have a very high risk of breast carcinoma (and ovarian cancer among others), but it is not a guarantee that having a mother, aunt, or grandmother with cancer means you will automatically get breast cancer. You should have increased screening though. ...Read more

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I have a family history of breast cancer. How concerned should I be?

I have a family history of breast cancer. How concerned should I be?

Lots of variables: The main importance of family history is WHO, how are they related, how close are they, and does your family have an inherited DNA change called BRCA-1 or BRCA-2. Remote relatives, relatives on both sides of the family, and lack of BRCA presence can make your risk perhaps NO HIGHER than any other woman's. I recommend you see a genetic counselor for a detailed look at your risk. Good luck! ...Read more

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If you have a family history of breast cancer can you still avoid it?

If you have a family history of breast cancer can you still avoid it?

Options: 1st-a family history does not mean it's a predetermined fact for you but influences risk. Options include 1)increased screening incl. Bmri, 2)chemo prevention such as tamoxifen/raloxifene which reduce the risk of er+ tumors by 40-50%, 3)prophylactic ic surgery which is usually reserved for known brcamutation carriers where the lifetime risk may approach 70-90%. ...Read more

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What constitutes a family history of breast cancer? How close must relative be?

What constitutes a family history of breast cancer? How close must relative be?

Family History BC: Hi, medical investigators typically used the gale questionnaire re: breast cancer risk. The questions would be a first degree relative age less than 50 years old who developed breast cancer. A first degree relative with a brca 1 or 2 mutation. Note:both mother and father's side. This model of familial risk for breast cancer is not as reliable as once was thought. Pls seek bc genetic counselor eval. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 23yo woman that does not have any family history of breast cancer get it?

Is it possible for a 23yo woman that does not have any family history of breast cancer get it?

Yes: Not common, but can occur. I have personally treated about 1500 women with breast cancer. The youngest was only 21 and at least 6 or 7 were less than 30. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the technician ask if there is a history of breast cancer after a mammogram?

What does it mean if the technician ask if there is a history of breast cancer after a mammogram?

Nothing: Just doing his / her job. It's helpful to ask -- not that this will affect the reading. One might also be asked whether you have had any procedures on the breast. ...Read more

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Should somebody with a family history of breast cancer be more adamant about examination early in life?

Should somebody with a family history of breast cancer be more adamant about examination early in life?

Even with + fam: Hx, evidence does not support early mammo's, and they add radiation exposure. Adamant or not, the yield is so low that the risk outweighs it. It where risk free and cheap, and there are ultrasound devices in development that might do this, there might be a case. ...Read more

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I have a big family history of breast cancer. Is there anything I can do to lower the chances of getting it?

I have a big family history of breast cancer. Is there anything I can do to lower the chances of getting it?

High risk program: It is important to know which members of your family are affected. This will determine if brca genetic testing is needed. I recommend you find a high risk program at a breast center to get a full evaluation and follow up. Once they have obtained all the info, they can recommend specific risk reducing measures. ...Read more

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Can l know the symptoms of breast cancer and what is the healthy life style not to suffer from cancer?PS:l have family history of breast cancer.

Can l know the symptoms of breast cancer and what is the healthy life style not to suffer from cancer?PS:l have family history of breast cancer.

Painless mass: Any dominant lump in your breast needs to be seen without delay. I suggest you begin checking now, at the same time each month. Nothing you can do will prevent your developing breast cancer, though the rates are lower in women who have spent most of their reproductive lives pregnant and/or nursing. With your family history, you may start getting mammograms earlier. ...Read more

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Family history of breast cancer. Should I get brca testing?

Depends: Many people have a distant relative who had breast cancer late in life and that is not an indication for brca testing. There are certain criteria like very young breast cancer, male breast cancer, triple negative breast cancer before age 60, and others. Visit your family doc or gyn to see if you need a referral to a genetics health professional for testing. ...Read more

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I am 24 I have no family history of breast cancer but can I be the first?

I am 24 I have no family history of breast cancer but can I be the first?

It is very unlikely: The incidence of breast cancer lifetime is 1 in 8 for someone with no risk factors. You could be the first in your family but you have a 7 out 8 chance of not being that"first". Breast cancer is very rare in your age group so I would advise not to worry. Monthly breast self exam with annual md breast exam is all you need. Mammography at age 40. ...Read more

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I have a high family history of breast cancer. Is maca root safe to take?

I have a high family history of breast cancer.  Is maca root safe to take?

It is safe: Maca, is a root that belongs to the radish family. , Its grown in the mountains of Peru, and has been called “Peruvian ginseng.” Maca’s is most commonly available in powder form and has recently been popularized as a supplement and food ingredient There are no serious known side effects and definitely have no estrogenic or hormone like side effects that can enhance breast Ca development. ...Read more

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Are soy products recommended for those with a family history of breast cancer?

Soy and cancer: There is no specific recommendations regarding nutritional supplements (ie, soy) and cancer. Remember that there is little to no control over safety or efficacy of nutritional supplements. ...Read more

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History of breast cancer in my family. Will a mammogram show anything if tiny tumor?

Breast cancer: Depending on your breast density/composition on mammography, a tumor as small as 3-4 mm may be identified. ...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


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


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