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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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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 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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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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If you get a lump aspirated will this tell if you have breast cancer?

If you get a lump aspirated will this tell if you have breast cancer?

Possibly: If it is a lump and not a cyst, a core biopsy would be better. Certainly if cancer is present on fna, it means something. If it negative, u still may need core or excision biopsy depending u upon risk factors. ...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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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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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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How can I tell if I have breast cancer?

How can I tell if I have breast cancer?

Medical evaluation.: 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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Can you tell me how breast cancer happen?

Can you tell me how breast cancer happen?

One mutant cell: One normal cell inside your breast mutates (becomes abnormal), and begins to grow. The normal "stop" signal that tell a cell to stop dividing doesn't work, so the cells keep dividing. One cell becomes two, two become four, four become eight, etc. It takes millions of cancer cells to form a tumor you can feel. I hope that helps! ...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


Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Breast Carcinoma (Definition)

Breast carcinoma is a type of cancer where this uncontrolled growth of breast cells. Symptoms can include breast lumps, pain, and weight ...Read more