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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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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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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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How would you know if you have breast cancer?

How would  you know if you have breast cancer?

See a doctor: Needs physical examination and likely mammogram with possible breast ultrasound depending on the woman's age and physical exam findings. ...Read more

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How do you find out if you have breast cancer?

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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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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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

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