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How long can it take for a breast tumor to form?

How long can it take for a breast tumor to form?

Varies: Each cancer is unique. Some cancer cells have the ability to metastasize very early in their development while other can be slower to metastasize. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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What vitamins should take if have benign breast tumor?

What vitamins should take if have benign breast tumor?

Pain?: While there are some studies that mention supplements for cyclical pain associated with breast tumors, there is no evidence that vitamins cure breast tumors Eat a healthy and balanced diet and you won't need to pay for vitamins. .. The effect is better from food anyway ...Read more

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How fast does a benign breast tumor grow?

How fast does a benign breast tumor grow?

Variable: Different tumors grow at different rates. In general it takes a breast cancer about four years to become palpable from the time of onset. If left untreated a breast cance has an average life span of about four years from the time of diagnosis. These are average figures with wide variations among different tumors and patients. ...Read more

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How many months would be a long time for a person to have a malignant tumor in their breast before removal?

How many months would be a long time for a person to have a malignant tumor in their breast before removal?

Any: Why would you wait? There are four good reasons for delay. 1) a couple of weeks to get second (or more opinions) and to get your facts, 2) neoadjuvant therapy - where you are receiving chemo and/or femara, (letrozole) etc. To shrink the tumor - in that case you are not really "waiting", 3) if you have metastatic bc, 4) if you have a really important personal event - wedding, etc. It may be ok to delay 4 week. ...Read more

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If malignant breast tumor, how fast does it grow?

If malignant breast tumor, how fast does it grow?

Depends: Tumors are different for everyone. Some grow fast and some grow slow. Age, genetic factors and ethnicity can contribute. If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, it is important to take time to explore and understand the treatments and options. In general, it can take 2-4 weeks from the time of diagnosis until the first treatment intervention. Be sure you get your questions answered by your dr. ...Read more

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Would a breast cancer tumor grow within days?

Would a breast cancer tumor grow within days?

Not in the: Traditional sense, in that the cells don't divide that rapidly. But sometimes, you can get bleeding into a cancerous area, which might make it appear bigger because of the hemorrhage. Best to have any breast lump checked out by a doctor. ...Read more

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How much faster do vitamins make a breast tumor grow?

How much faster do vitamins make a breast tumor grow?

No faster!: Vitamins don't speed up a breast tumor's growth. I can understand why you might think that's true, but studies have shown it's not. Some chemotherapy works by inhibiting certain vitamins (ie folate), but there is no scientific evidence showing that vitamins increase breast cancer growth. ...Read more

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Should I take tamoxifen to reduce the risk of a new tumor if my breast tumor does not have hormone receptors?

Should I take tamoxifen to reduce the risk of a new tumor if my breast tumor does not have hormone receptors?

No: At this time, we don't have any research evidence showing benefit of tamoxifen if your breast cancer was negative for the estrogen and Progesterone receptor. Tamoxifen has risks (blood clots, stroke, uterine cancer) and side effects, so it should not be taken without a good reason. ...Read more

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I just felt popcorn seed, hard, movable lump in breast; mammo last month said normal. How fast can a tumor grow?

I just felt popcorn seed, hard, movable lump in breast; mammo last month said normal. How fast can a tumor grow?

Lump: Breast cancer tends to grow slowly so hopefully this is just a cyst. No matter what the mammogram said, if you feel a lump it needs to be checked out. Please call your doctor. ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with. 6 cm cancerous breast tumor. I have chosen to have a double mastectomy. Will I have to take arimidex (anastrozole).

I was recently diagnosed with. 6 cm cancerous breast tumor. I have chosen to have a double mastectomy. Will I have to take arimidex (anastrozole).

Depends on the: Stage and biochemical markers of the cancer. Consult with your surgeon or oncologist for specific details, but pathologic staging would not be available until the operation is completed and path results are available. ...Read more

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Will taking of birth control pills increase my risk of having a benign breast tumor again? I had 1 excised last week. Its my 1st time to take the pill

Will taking of birth control pills increase my risk of having a benign breast tumor again? I had 1 excised last week. Its my 1st time to take the pill

See below: It is difficult to predict the course in an individual patient. You may consult this site for information on this topic.
http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/hormones/oral-contraceptives-fact-sheet
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Are there any non-malignant (benign) breast tumours/lumps that grow with time?

Are there any non-malignant (benign) breast tumours/lumps that grow with time?

Yes: Benign tumors do in fact grow but rather slowly, compared to malignant tumors. The main difference is that benign tumors will not kill you. If left untrated malignant tumors will eventualy kill you some sooner and others a little later. How fast they grow will determine how soon. Hope that helps you ...Read more

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Are there any non-malignant (benign) breast tumours/lumps that grow with time? What do they feel like?

Are there any non-malignant (benign) breast tumours/lumps that grow with time? What do they feel like?

Yes: However, they do not have any particular consistency that reliably identify them. Definite lumps, whether palpated or identified on any of the breast studies should usually be biopsied. Lumps that grow quickly and are sensitive may be only cysts and can be drained if necessary. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a 8cm tumor you cannot feel if you have large breasts?

Is it possible to have a 8cm tumor you cannot feel if you have large breasts?

Yes: Especially if the tumor is presented more like a pancake than a lump. ...Read more

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Can breast tumors usually be treated?

Yes: They can nearly always be treated. It's the measure of success that's daunting. ...Read more

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My aunt has a tumor in her breast. What could it be?

My aunt has a tumor in her breast. What could it be?

See mammo: The breast is susceptible to hormonal and malignant changes. In the former situation fibrocystic changes are the most common. In the latter, on sees infiltrating ductal carcinoma, lobular carcinoma, lymphoma and other variant diseases which can be failrly well defined by mammogram or better by MRI. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between benign and malignant breast tumors?

How can you distinguish between benign and malignant breast tumors?

After bx: On examination a true lesion in a women past 40 yrs of age, when fibroadenomas don't present denovo, will feel like a firm lump when pt. Examined with hand behind side being examined. This in distinction to fibrocytic changes that are soft and diffuse. On mammo the lesion appears as a stellate mass, May be associated with skin dimpling. Bx definitive for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is removing a breast tumor dangerous?

Is removing a breast tumor dangerous?

Not usually: All surgery has some risk, but in general breast cancer surgery is very safe. It is certainly much safer than not having such surgery when there is a diagnosis of suspected or proven cancer. Risks include bad reactions to anesthesia and infection, but both of these are very rare. Thousands of such operations are done without complications every year. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a breast tumor?

How can you tell if you have a breast tumor?

See a doctor: You cannot tell without getting a physical examination with a doctor & scheduling a mammogram with possible breast ultrasound. Sometimes further testing with needle biopsy may be indicated. ...Read more

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Are there any herbs to shrink a breast tumor?

Are there any herbs to shrink a breast tumor?

NO: If this is cancer, there are no herbs available. The proven methods of chemotherapy, radiation, hormonal therapy and surgery are the standard of care and the reasons why so many women are survivors. This can be an overwhelming and scary time but seek out a team of doctors who will provide standard of care options and listen to your fears and concerns. ...Read more

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Should I remove my breast tumor if it will it disfigure my breast?

Should I remove my breast tumor if it will it disfigure my breast?

Generally yes: There are many considerations when answering this question. If the cancer is confined to the breast without having spread to any distant organs, then surgery is an important part of the cancer therapy, even if it disfigures the breast. Ask to talk to a plastic surgeon to see what breast reconstruction may be an option for you. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish a malignant tumor in my bestfriend's breast by squishing it around?

How can I distinguish a malignant tumor in my bestfriend's breast by squishing it around?

Not effective: Physical examination is a good start, but usually does not provide enough information about a breast mass. The truly worrisome features on exam would be a firm lump that does not move easily, and that has overlying skin changes. ...Read more

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How can I determine if my breast tumor is cancerous?

How can I determine if my breast tumor is cancerous?

Biopsy: Ask your doctor to refer to a breast center where an ultrasound can determine if the tumor is a cyst (fluid) or solid tumor. A cyst can be observed if not painful. Most (over 95 percent) of tumors in your age group are benign (non cancerous). The breast center physician (usually a radiologist) can perform a biopsy or determine if the tumor can be observed based on the appearance. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have breast cancer if I don't have a tumor?

Is it possible to have breast cancer if I don't have a tumor?

Yes: The tumor could be seen as calcifications seen on mammgrams, or could be like early pget's disease. ...Read more

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Are tumors in your breast always associated with breast cancer?

Are tumors in your breast always associated with breast cancer?

No: No there are other types of tumors and they are not necessarily malignant, but always need to be checked. ...Read more

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Is pain a breast tumor or cancer symptom?

Is pain a breast tumor or cancer symptom?

Mastodynia: Of all women seen for evaluation of breast pain, most do not have breast cancer. However, breast cancers can cause pain; therefore, it is worth seeing your doctor for any new breast pain that persists beyond one cycle. The most common cause of breast pain in younger women is hormonal changes assc with one's cycle. After menopause, the most common cause is chest wall pain referred to the breast. ...Read more

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Is pain in a breast tumor a cancer symptom?

Is pain in a breast tumor a cancer symptom?

Late sign: Pain associate with breast cancer is a late sign. However there are more patient with breast pain that is not associate with breast cancer. Please check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if calcifications in breasts could turn into tumors?

Wanted to know if calcifications in breasts could turn into tumors?

May need biopsy.: Calcifications won't turn into anything, but rather are a sign that something is going on in that area. There are different types of calcifications and depending on their appearance, may require a biopsy to rule out early breast cancer or in situ breast cancer (DCIS). There are many types of calcifications that don't need a biopsy and if biopsy proven to be benign, they don't need to be excised. ...Read more

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Are non cancerous breast tumors painful or painless?

Are non cancerous breast tumors painful or painless?

Either/Or: A common misconception is that if a woman has a tender, painful lump in their breast, it is unlikely to be cancer. While it is true that many women with breast cancer do not have breast pain, the presence of pain does not exclude cancer as the cause. Bottom line: a new lump in the breast, painful or not, warrants medical evaluation. ...Read more