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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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How would you know if you have breast cancer?

How would you know if you have breast cancer?

Here is how...: Breast cancer usually presents as a painless lump in the breast. This can be detected by the patient if she knows how to look for it and do breast self examination. If you suspect something you should go to your doctor and ask for a clinical breast examination. He/she may do a mammogram to confirm the lump and often have to do a biopsy if a lump is discovered. Biopsy is the final proof of cancer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if you have breast cancer?

Can you tell me how to know if you have breast cancer?

Get evaluated to: Know. Breast cancer sx’s
can include a mass. Masses that are painless, irregular ; hard are more suggestive of cancer but they can also be tender, painful ; soft. Swelling of breast; thickened, red, skin; non-milky nipple discharge; new retraction of nipple, puckering or irritation of skin or pain ; sometimes swollen lymph nodes under arm (s). Seek med eval if you have suspicious symptoms. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you have breast cancer?

How do you tell if you have breast cancer?

Biopsy: In order to make a true diagnosis, a biopsy should be obtained. This can be done in an office or radiology center under local anesthesia. A core needle biopsy is performed using ultrasound or stereotactic (using a mammogram). The results are available in 24-72 hours. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have breast cancer?

How can you tell if you have breast cancer?

Mass: A dominant mass found by you, or a suspicious mammography can mass, needs to be biopsies for diagnosis. ...Read more

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How to tell if you have breast cancer, male?

How to tell if you have breast cancer, male?

Palpable lump: Breast cancer in men usually presents as a palpable lump. An ultrasound +/- needle biopsy can usually clarify the situation quickly. ...Read more

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What's a tale tell sign you have breast cancer?

What's a tale tell sign you have breast cancer?

Breast cancer: Extremely rare at age 20. In women who do have breast cancer a lump you can feel or retraction of the nipple where none was before can be signs. If you are concerned please see your doctor. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Is it ok to have a dog when you have breast cancer?

Is it ok to have a dog when you have breast cancer?

Yes: Pets can be very helpful to reduce stress as you go through a serious illness and treatment. Please speak with your doctor about any precautions you might have to take. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to have a dog living with you if you have breast cancer?

Is it harmful to have a dog living with you if you have breast cancer?

Should be ok: I would limit direct contact immediately after surgery while your wounds are healing. But after your best friend can be a welcome companion and supporter. ...Read more

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Supposing you have a tumor on your breast. Does it mean you have breast cancer?

No: Definition of tumor is a lump. Most breast lumps are not cancer but they should be evaluated properly, especially in they are changing. If you have any doubt about a breast lump, see your doc please. ...Read more

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Supposing you have breast cancer and get the surgery to remove your breast does the cancer go away?

Supposing you have breast cancer and get the surgery to remove your breast does the cancer go away?

Well, a: Mastectomy may or may not be curative. The is dependent on a number of issues. According to the american cancer society the 5 year relative survival rate for stage 1 is 100%, stage ii- 93%, stage iii is 72% and stage IV is 22%. ...Read more

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What is the recommended schedule for having mammograms when do not you have breast cancer history in your family?

What is the recommended schedule for having mammograms when do not you have breast cancer history in your family?

Yearly: Most groups recommend yearly mammograms after age 50. There are pros and cons to this, and other factors to consider besides family history, so it is worth discussing with your doctor what is the best screening regimen for you. ...Read more

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If you have breast cancer and found the lump, what is it supposed to feel like?

If you have breast cancer and found the lump, what is it supposed to feel like?

Breast cancer: A breast cancer lump that you can feel will usually feel as a firm or hard painless breast lump that feels distinctly different from the other breast tissue. All new breast lumps should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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What if you have breast cancer but it hasn't spread yet what treatment is recommended?

What if you have breast cancer but it hasn't spread yet what treatment is recommended?

Dependent on details: There's variability in the aggressiveness of cancers. Size matters too, even if lymph nodes are negative. Hormonal receptor status and other prognostic features help in the treatment planning. Breast conservation requires radiation treatment for most. Chemo may not be helpful, but best to follow through with consultations, no matter how early it was caught. Your surgeon should guide you. ...Read more

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How do you find out if you have breast cancer?

Biopsy: If you have a palpable lump in your breast, or abnormalities on your mammogram, a needle biopsy will help define the findings. Usually done in Xray dept. By mammographer. Speak to your doctor, and soon, for your own piece of mind. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have breast cancer, male.?

How can you tell if you have breast cancer, male.?

New mass: There will be a lump under or near a nipple, probably not painful. Any such bump deserves evaluation by a physician. ...Read more

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How long can you survive if you have breast cancer?

How long can you survive if you have breast cancer?

Depends: There are different factors calculated -most importantly the stage of the cancer, the biology/molecular of the cancer, the treatment, response to therapy etc. Other things like age, overall health conditions, your decision are also important and affect on your prognosis and how long you are going to survive. It varies from just a few months to being cured. It is all individualized. D/w your md. ...Read more

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Will your breasts stop growing if you have breast cancer?

No: No. Breast cancer can make the breast bigger, but it does not stop them from growing. ...Read more

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What are the foods to be avoided if you have breast cancer?

What are the foods to be avoided if you have breast cancer?

Eat what you want: There is much nonsense written about "what foods are good for you with this-or-that". There's little scientific reason to think this sort of thing matters. A few years ago, a huge politically-driven study whose sponsors had hoped to show that "wholesome natural fruits and vegetables" improved prognosis in breast cancer was a complete and utter failure. Don't let your life be spoiled by fearmongers. ...Read more

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Is it possible to go 6 years without knowing you have breast cancer?

Is it possible to go 6 years without knowing you have breast cancer?

Rare: At 24 yrs of age a malignant lesion usually presents with a nodular mass and over a several yr. Period of time the mass would have grown significantly in size to be easily identified if not associated with metastasis. Most lesions at your age are hormone dependent and grow rapidly with estrogen stimulation. Mammograms cant be performed due to density of tissue and sensitivity to RT. From mammo. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when you have breast cancer in three different areas?

What exactly does it mean when you have breast cancer in three different areas?

Multicenteric: Breast cancer may be present in more than one area in the breast being called multifocal or multicenteric. Usually a mastectomy is recommend for surgical treatment. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will it take to find out if you have breast cancer or not?

Can someone tell me how long will it take to find out if you have breast cancer or not?

NOT LONG: Although history and physical exam alone (and sometimes mammography, mri, and ultrasound) can sometimes strongly infer the diagnosis of breast cancer an examination of the actual tumor or tissue is required to make a definitive diagnosis before treatment can be rendered. It takes approx 24-48 hours to get a pathological diagnosis after a sample has been obtained. ...Read more

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I've always wondered if you're still maturing and you have breast cancer. Do they stop growing or do boobs still grow?

I've always wondered if you're still maturing and you have breast cancer. Do they stop growing or do boobs still grow?

Grow normally: Breast cancer at adolescence is rare, and it's often one of the unusual types. The remaining normal breast is unaffected. If you do have a dominant breast mass, get seen regardless of age. ...Read more

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Could clusters of microcalcifications mean you have breast cancer?

Could clusters of microcalcifications mean you have breast cancer?

Sometimes yes: Depending on the appearance, but this is a finding on mammogram. A biopsy is required to arrive at a definite diagnosis. ...Read more

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If you have breast cancer and found the lump, what would it feel like?

If you have breast cancer and found the lump, what would it feel like?

Varies: Some times hard, sometimes rubbery, sometimes can't feel at all. Best way to know what it is: get examined by your md. May need mammogram and/or ultrasound to figure it out. There are educational models some doctors keep in their office that have a 'cancer' nodule in a fake breast so you can feel what it may be like when you check yourself. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if clusters of microcalcifications mean you have breast cancer?

Wanted to know if clusters of microcalcifications mean you have breast cancer?

Possibly: While stable calcifications over time (ie years) on a mammogram are less likely to be due to cancer, any changing calcifications are likely to come with the recommendation for a biopsy because of the correlation between changing calcifications and cancer. The pattern of calcifications is interpreted by the radiologist as suspicious or benign. ...Read more

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I wanted to know when you have breast cancer does the lump hurt when you touch it?

I wanted to know when you have breast cancer does the lump hurt when you touch it?

Not usually: Pain is not a common presenting symptom in patients with breast cancer. Though it can be, it is not common. A tender lump could be a cyst, or (also uncommon) an infection (more common in breastfeeding patients). Definitely a good idea to see your dr and have an exam, find out if you need any imaging done, . ...Read more

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Might having a bump on you nipple mean you have breast cancer?

Might having a bump on you nipple mean you have breast cancer?

Not likely: But it depends on size and appearance of bump. A condition called paget's disease is an abnormal nipple that is really cancer. It is really impossible to say without looking at it. So go see a doctor who can tell you for sure. ...Read more

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Why would a breast MRI be recommended when you have breast cancer?

Why would a breast MRI be recommended when you have breast cancer?

Several reasons: A breast MRI gives a more detailed picture of the breasts than mammogram or ultrasound. It is recommended in young women whose breasts are dense and hard to see on mammogram. It is also better for detecting certain types of breast cancer (lobular or inflammatory breast cancer.) the downside is that it finds many "spots" that aren't breast cancer. ...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