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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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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it 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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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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How can one check herself for breast cancer lumps?

How can  one check herself for breast cancer lumps?

Mammogram&Self-Exam: The best way to check for breast cancer is a screening mammogram. It's safe, inexpensive, and noninvasive; it is most effective after menopause; most recommend starting at age 40. Self-examination is not as highly-endorsed but i think it can be a very effective way to find cancers when done often. Lastly, having a yearly physician exam is important as well. ...Read more

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What to do if I have tried checking for breast cancer and lumps but i don't know what to look for?

What to do if I have tried checking for breast cancer and lumps but i don't know what to look for?

Change: It's not what they feel like it's noticing a change in texture month to month and informing your MD of the change. This brochure should help explain: http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/self_exam/bse_steps?gclid=Cj0KEQjwjIy5BRClh8m_9Zu64d8BEiQAtZsQf2-bu8R9bqyWEyjfqb17-a5SO0RvmLyNpwmAVkpuojkaArGv8P8HAQ ...Read more

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I recently start checking for breast cancer but it's confusing because i always have lumps. How do you know when the lumps are cancerous?

I recently start checking for breast cancer but it's confusing because i always have lumps. How do you know when the lumps are cancerous?

Mammogram&Self-Exam: The best way to check for breast cancer is a screening mammogram. It's safe, inexpensive, and noninvasive; it is most effective after menopause; most recommend starting at age 40. Self-examination is not as highly-endorsed but i think it can be a very effective way to find cancers when done often. Lastly, having a yearly physician exam is important as well. ...Read more

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What is the very best way to check for breast cancer when you already have a lot of lumps?

What is the very best way to check for breast cancer when you already have a lot of lumps?

Changes: The key is to check every month, and at the same time each month (i.e., the 17th). That way you will be at the same hormone levels each time. You will become accustomed to what is normal for you, and be on the look out for changes. Here is a good description of how to do and what to look for: http://women.Webmd.Com/breast-self-examination. ...Read more

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What are some early signs and symptoms of breast cancer (besides a lump)?

What are some early signs and symptoms of breast cancer (besides a lump)?

Abn Mammogram: Aside from a lump, there are very few signs and symptoms of early breast cancer. When the cancer has reached a considerable size, it can cause skin changes (such as dimpling, thickening), bloody/clear discharge, and/or pain. By leaps and bounds, the earliest sign of a breast cancer is an abnormality found on routine screening mammography. Mammograms save lives! ...Read more

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Do i need to go to the doctor to get this lump checked? Lump under my nipple, is this from the tanning bed or do I have breast cancer?

Do i need to go to the doctor to get this lump checked? Lump under my nipple, is this from the tanning bed or do I have breast cancer?

Would get checked: If you have never noticed it before, a new lump under thenipple should be checked. In a young age group, an ultrasound +/- biopsy would be able to clarify it for you quickly. ...Read more

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.My mum had breast cancer at 35.My aunty had cervical cancer early 30s she had it 3 times.I have got pimple with fluid and lump under the nipple sore?

.My mum had breast cancer at 35.My aunty had cervical cancer early 30s she had it 3 times.I have got pimple with fluid and lump under the nipple sore?

Go to see MD: You should see your doctor to get yourself checked. Mammogram an ultrasound of the breast likely be needed to further evaluate the breast lump. It may be a cyst/fibrocystic disease of the breast- however due to your significant history of cancer in the family- it is definitely needed to be checked. Also discuss with your mother - the need for her to get a genetic testing for brca 1 and 2. ...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


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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more