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How can I check my breasts for lumps and early forms of breast cancer?

How can I check my breasts for lumps and early forms of breast cancer?

Self-examination: Regardless of age, all women can benefit from monthly breast self-examination. In addition, it is recommended to see a physician yearly for breast examination and to have yearly mammograms beginning at age 40. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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How do I check my breasts for lumps to detect early forms of breast cancer?

How do I check my breasts for lumps to detect early forms of breast cancer?

Self-examination: Regardless of age, all women can benefit from monthly breast self-examination. In addition, it is recommended to see a physician yearly for breast examination and to have yearly mammograms beginning at age 40. ...Read more

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Can a 16 year old get breast cancer? And how exactly are the breast cancer lumps?

Can a 16 year old get breast cancer?
And how exactly are the breast cancer lumps?

Unlikely: Unlikely but not impossible. The youngest Breast cancer patient I have worked with was 18. That said, when you are examining your breasts you are feeling for a place that is different from the rest. It is normal for a young female to have dense breasts with "lumps". Hormone changes can also make cystic areas in the tissue. If you have an area that concerns you please ask your GYN or PCP ...Read more

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How can I tell if my symptoms are a sign of breast cancer?

How can I tell if my symptoms are a sign of breast cancer?

What symptoms?: No matter, no doctor on health tap can tell you if you have cancer or not without an exam. Go see your doc please. ...Read more

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I have a lumpi in my breast and tenderness and fhx of breast cancer as well as my dad had cancer?

I have a lumpi in my breast and tenderness and fhx of breast cancer as well as my dad had cancer?

See a doctor: A lump in the breast needs evaluation by a health care provider, who can perform an examination and order appropriate tests. ...Read more

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What does a cancer lump feel like in your breast? And how many lumps can you have?

What does a cancer lump feel like in your breast? And how many lumps can you have?

Lump: It feels like a lump.. Like a almond it peanut under the skin. Cancers tend to be harder but not always. In general, it is not possible to differentiate cancer from non-cancer based on how they feel. You can have several lumps and even several cancers at once, sometimes on both sides even.. ...Read more

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Is this a relation between ovarian stimulation and breast cancer?As I have history of breast cancer in my family and I have to take stimulaters

Is this a relation between ovarian stimulation and breast cancer?As I have history of breast cancer in my family and I have to take stimulaters

Yes: There is a relationship between hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer. Many of the breast cancers that are found are stimulated by estrogen and progesterone. You should make your primary doctor aware of your family history and ask if there are any other options regarding the stimulaters. ...Read more

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What causes recurring hemorrhagic/proteinaceous breast cysts and do they increase the risk of breast cancer? My mom and material aunt have breast CA

What causes recurring hemorrhagic/proteinaceous breast cysts and do they increase the risk of breast cancer? My mom and material aunt have breast CA

Not common: At 49 y.o. cyst are not uncommon but most are clear with serous fluid, just enough to keep ducts open. Hemorrhagic cysts not that common and one must ascertain they are not developing into cytst lesions. Cytology of bloody fluid might be valuable along with MRI of breast if mammo neg. BRACA should also be tested to see if genetic changes familial. ...Read more

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What are the chances that this is breast cancer? I am young but have a very full family history of cancer on both sides of my family, skin cancer breast cancer lung cancer ovarian cancer the list continues, recently i noticed a lump on my left breast and

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What are the chances that this is breast cancer? I am young but have a very full family history of cancer on both sides of my family, skin cancer breast cancer lung cancer ovarian cancer the list continues, recently i noticed a lump on my left breast and

Hello, : Hello, it is difficult to answer this question specifically for you without being able to see the images. In general, a radiologist, a physician that looks at medical images, will assess the shape, size, margins and density of a mass to determine the chance that it might be cancer. The radiologist may use mammograms and ultrasound images to gather this information. Radiologists will recommend a biopsy for any abnormality that has a chance of being cancer that is 2% or more. "pointy edges" will raise the chance to greater than 2%. Therefore, i would follow the recommendation for biopsy. The chance that this particular finding is cancer also depends on your age, personal history and family history. From your story i think that the most important factor is the family history. Having breast and ovarian cancer in your family will raise your personal risk. The risk is highest if it was a first-degree relative (sister or mother) that had breast or ovarian cancer. If it was grandmother or distant cousin, the risk for you is not as high. If it was mother or sister or both, this might be a sign that your family has a gene that raises the risk of some kinds of cancer. If so, i would recommend that you all talk to a medical provider that performs genetic counseling. This can help you decide if you want to make a special effort to reduce your risk or start special screening tests to help detect cancer early if it happens. I see that you posted this question 28 days ago. I see that the biopsy likely has already happened and that you have the result. I hope that it was benign. If not, then i hope that you know that we have great treatments for breast cancer and most women are survivors. I will be thinking about you and hoping for the best. ...Read more

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Can a person have Paget's of breast or any forum of breast cancer for 5 years and not know with breast rashes that go and come for that long .

No: Pagets disease of breast is carcinoma of the terminal ducts of the breast which essentially is the nipple. The tumor spills out of the nipple to superficially involve the areola and within months will produce ulcerating skin lesions of the whole central breast. If left, within a year or so one will have advanced and probably metastatic breast cancer. ...Read more

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I have a dense breast tissue in my left breast. I am 17weeks pregnant. What kind of oil can i use for breast massage?Any other home remedy to resolve?

I have a dense breast tissue in my left breast. I am 17weeks pregnant. What kind of oil can i use for breast massage?Any other home remedy to resolve?

I guess I wonder if: there is a real difference between your right and left side. I know of no oil that will reliably penatrate the skin to the breast tissue underneath the skin. HAve you had a breast infection before, have you been pregnant before, have you ever had mastitis? You want to discuss your concerns and have your doctor examine both your breasts and give an opinion to you. ...Read more

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I have small lumpy breasts after breast feeding 6yrs ago. How will i tell a cancer lump from the lumps i normally have in my breasts?

I have small lumpy breasts after breast feeding 6yrs ago. How will i tell a cancer lump from the lumps i normally have in my breasts?

Hx, PE, imaging, Bx: Fist 6 years of stable "lumps" likely suggests non-cancer. A physical examination can help, but is not definitive. Worrisome signs include a firm, fixed mass, large masses, lymph edema of the breast (looks like orange peel). Imaging with mammogram or other tests like ultrasound or MRI may help. Biopsy is the definitive test, but not everyone needs an invasive procedure. ...Read more

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Which things cause breast cancer and how can I reduce my chance of getting it?

Which things cause breast cancer and how can I reduce my chance of getting it?

Unknown: There are some increased breast cancer risks associated with obesity, hormone medication use, early age at first menstruation, late age at first childbirth, etc. Only about 15% of breast cancers occur because of genetic inheritance. See this site with more information: http://media.Komen.Org/breastcancer101tool/english/video-player.Html#kbc_01_01. ...Read more

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How common are breast cyst and could a 20 year old get breast cancer?

How common are breast cyst and could a 20 year old get breast cancer?

Common, possible: Breast cysts are fairly common and many women experience it during their life time. Cyst are generally benign, especially if they are designated as simple cysts. As far as breast cancer at age 20, it is rare but not impossible. If there is any question about an abnormal breast finding or symptom, it would be best to check with a breast care professional for appropriate work-up. ...Read more

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What options do I have for construction after breast cancer removal surgery? I am a woman in my mid 30s diagnosed with left breast cancer and treated with total removal of my left breast. What options do I have for symmetry again? How many operations do w

What options do I have for construction after breast cancer removal surgery? I am a woman in my mid 30s diagnosed with left breast cancer and treated with total removal of my left breast. What options do I have for symmetry again? How many operations do w

Mastectomy: What you are describing would involve a delayed breast reconstruction since it is after the mastectomy has been performed it it has been allowed to heal. From description I do not know whether or not you had radiation treatment after your mastectomy. If you had radiation treatment then i recommend your own tissue through the use of flap surgery or fat grafting. Expander if no radiation in past! ...Read more

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Will the depo shot make my HPV worse and possibly cause cancer? Also concerned about breast cancer? What are the odds, 20 year old female, healthy

Will the depo shot make my HPV worse and possibly cause cancer? Also concerned about breast cancer? What are the odds, 20 year old female, healthy

Women's Health: 19 yo woman examining risks and benefits of birth control. These are very valid concerns. Studies show there may be a higher risk of breast cancer in women who take oral contraception and the same risks may exist with depo provera (medroxyprogesterone) see link. For HPV, get the vaccine and get your Pap smear at age 21 +follow USPST recs. http://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/CurrentorRecentUseofBirthControlPills.html ...Read more

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Can I get my breasts checked for breast cancer while i'm pregnant?

Yes: Traditional tests used to diagnose breast cancer are all available during pregnancy, including mammograms, ultrasound, mri, and biopsies. While it is best to avoid radiation exposure during pregnancy, shielding the abdomen during a mammogram is effective. If you are pregnant and find a new lump in your breast, it is important to notify your doctor rather than wait till after you deliver. ...Read more

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Dr. Chevies Newman
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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