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How is breast cancer transmitted?

How is breast cancer transmitted?

It's not: Breast cancer is not transmitted from one person to another. It starts as a normal cell in the breast. The cell is damaged and instead of dying, it starts dividing, making more damaged cells that also divide. That's breast cancer in a nutshell... Breast cells that keep dividing and don't stop. ...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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How exactly is breast cancer transmitted?

Not transmitted: It is essential that you know that breast cancer is not "transmitted" like an infectious disease. It is not contagious (though there is a mouse form that is passed mother-to-daughter). A woman develops breast cancer through mutations over the course of many years. Hope this is the answer you sought, and good luck. ...Read more

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How prevalent is breast cancer?

How prevalent is breast cancer?

Breast cancer: Globally, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer, and the leading cause of cancer death in females. There are 226, 870 (female); 2, 190 (male) estimated new cases of breast cancer in the United States in 2012. ...Read more

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How is breast cancer treated?

How is breast cancer treated?

Surgery/Chemo/Radiat: Treatment usually starts with surgery, removal of the tumor grossly. Depending on the stage and biology it may require chemotherapy and/or radiation. Anti-estrogen therapy may also play a role. ...Read more

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How common is breast cancer?

How common is breast cancer?

Pretty common : Estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the United States in 2012: new cases: 226, 870 (female); 2, 190 (male) and 39, 510 (female); 410 (male) deaths. Lifetime risk is 1 to 8. Risk is higher with the increased of age. ...Read more

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What is paget's breast cancer and is it unlike other breast cancers?

What is paget's breast cancer and is it unlike other breast cancers?

Nipple cancer: Paget's disease of the breast is a type of cancer that involves the nipple and/or the dark tissue around the nipple (areloa). Often there is another tumor within the breast. Symptoms involve the nipple and include crusting, thickening, itching, scabbing or bleeding. There are many non-cancerous reasons for nipple symptoms, but if you have changes that don't resolve, see your health provider! ...Read more

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How dangerous is breast cancer?

How dangerous  is breast cancer?

Variable: Although never trivial, mammographically detected breast cancer, if small and estrogen receptor positive has a very good prognosis with relatively minor surgery and radiation. Conversely, inflammatory breast cancer with positive nodes has an extremely poor prognosis without very aggressive treatment. Most bc's are in the middle with a relatively favorable prognosis. ...Read more

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How does breast cancer spread? Is it contagious?

How does breast cancer spread? Is it contagious?

It's not contagious!: Breast cancer can spread inside the body of the person with cancer, but it doesn't spread to other people! individual cells can leave the tumor and move through the bloodstream or lymph channels to other parts of the body, causing the cancer to grow in other places. ...Read more

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How possible is this breast cancer?

How possible is this breast cancer?

Possible : Since we have no clue of what "this" means, the answer is yes, it is possible. It's also possible it's not cancer. See a doctor please, you need an exam. ...Read more

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What is breast cancer from?

What is breast cancer from?

Breast cancer: Cancer that forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare. ...Read more

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How is cervical cancer spread?

How is cervical cancer spread?

Contiguity: As most cancers cells move towards the vicinity ( the rest of the uterus)first, then travel through the blood flow of the lymphatic, venous and arterial tree far from its original place. Nowadays cervical cancer is detected early with the papanicolau test. ...Read more

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What is hereditary breast cancer risk?

What is hereditary breast cancer risk?

Certain genetic: Risks, brca 1 & 2, are known, other are not, but familial clusters (mother, aunt sister) point to risk but the actual cause and function of the genetics are mysterious. We humans have a hard time with "risk". Some with no risk delvelop a cancer; others with high risk do not. The statistical facts work epidemiologicallyfor populations, but are not informative for an individual. They do cause worr. ...Read more

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How is early-stage breast cancer typically treated?

How is early-stage breast cancer typically treated?

Surgery first: Surgery comes first to remove the tumor and some lymph nodes in the armpit. Depending on the sub-type of breast cancer, chemotherapy (if necessary) comes next. Radiation comes next if breast-sparing surgery was done. Finally, if the tumor has the estrogen receptor, anti-estrogen pills are given for five years. ...Read more

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How is breast cancer distinguished from lumpy breasts?

How is breast cancer distinguished from lumpy breasts?

Consistent BSE: Some breast cancers can only be detected on mammogram/ultrasound/mri. It is important for you to perform your own self exam (bse) every month. Your goal is to get to know your "lumpiness" so you can detect something that feels different. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is breast cancer the same as breast carcinoma?

Hello docs, is breast cancer the same as breast carcinoma?

Essentially yes: Most of the time it would refer to the same thing, although there are other rare malignancies that can develop in the breast (sarcoma or lymphoma) that are not carcinomas. ...Read more

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Why can't someone prevent breast cancer? Is it genetic?

Why can't someone prevent breast cancer? Is it genetic?

5-10% genetic: At least 90% of breast canceers are acquired via virus or carcinogen. The MMTV virus infects the Wnt-1 gene to initiate ductal mucosal transformation. Where Mus domesticus is absent almost no breast cancer. There is a suggestion that endogenous sequences of the LTR of the virus can be passed thru endogenous sequences and reappear in later generations. ...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