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How Can I Reduce My Risk For Breast Cancer
Good diet: Avoidance of a high fat diet and keeping your body weight close to normal may decrease the risk of bc - especially postmenopausal. Exercise may help. Excessive alcohol intake has been linked to breast cancer risk and so has long-term use of estrogens. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Healthy Lifestyle: The best things you can do include avoiding estrogen-progesterone pills, smoking, and radiation exposure. Exercise, a healthy diet, and avoidance of alcohol will further reduce the risk. A summary of a recent epidemiological study can be found below: http://www.Medpagetoday.Com/meetingcoverage/sabcs/30072. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Healthy weight: We are not able to control most risk factors for breast cancer, such as being female, aging, and family history. We can control our weight, as obesity is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. Limit your alcohol intake, have babies, breast feed, and increase your physical activity. In addition we can perform routine screening. Early detection leads to the best chance of a cure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Yes: Physical activity is associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer. You should do at least 30 minutes of vigorous activity 3 or more times a week. A high fat diet is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, so cut down on fried or fatty foods. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ovaries/breast ca: Maybe, this is very controversial. In premenopausal wo=men with breast cancer, some med oncs will suppress the ovaries with monthly shots and prescribe antiestrogen pills. Some of these women choose to have the ovaries removed but there is not much data for it. If y carry the breast cancer gene, removing the ovaries reduces ovarian cancer risk mostly rather than breast cancer risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lifestyle: I would suggest living a healthy lifestyle. Do not smoke, and try to maintain a healthy weight, as a high fat diet and being overweight are known to increase one's risks of breast cancer, as does the usage of tobacco. Do monthly self breast exams, see your doctor annually, and follow guidelines for mammography, which are ever changing. Good luck. ...Read more
Anti-hormone drugs: If you have been diagnosed with hormone-receptor positive breast cancer, you should be on a medication to either block estrogen (tamoxifen) or, if you are post-menopausal, to decrease the level of estrogen in your body (letrozole, anastrazole, or exemestane). You can lose weight if you are obese, which will also decrease the estrogen in your body. However, anti-estrogen drugs are very important! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Quit smoking: Hello - smoking increases your risk of breast cancer (and many others). Alcohol (more than one drink per day) does as well. Regular excercise helps reduce your risk. Do a monthly self-breast exam after your period to check for new lumps. Discuss testing for a breast cancer gene with your doctor especially if many family members were affected or any of them were very young. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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