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When is breast cancer awareness month?

When is breast cancer awareness month?

October: October is the Breast cancer awareness month. Just remember every woman should make every month a breast cancer awareness month for herself and her loved ones. ...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


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What month is cancer awareness month?

What month is cancer awareness month?

CA months: CA awareness month is broken down by the type of CA. Check out the ACS web page at Cancer.org. Check under CA awareness calendar. ...Read more

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Is breast discharge a symptom breast cancer?

Is breast discharge a symptom breast cancer?

Sometimes: Most are not cancerous, but sometimes they are. Especially worrisome are bloody discharges or any spontaneous discharge after menopause. If any discharge is persistent you should at least run it by your primary doc or ob/gyn. ...Read more

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Is one month of breast pain a sign of breast cancer?

Is one month of breast pain a sign of breast cancer?

Not usually: A particular or focal area of pain should be investigated with mammogram and/or sonogram, but breast pain all over is usually fibrocystic/hormonal pain. Breast cancer is usually a painless, hard, non-movable lump. Anytime you are concerned about changes in your breast, consult your doctor to see if additional testing is needed. ...Read more

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Is just breast enlargement a sign of male breast cancer?

Is just breast enlargement a sign of male breast cancer?

Yes: But it is also a sign of gynecomastia - a common source of benign breast enlargement. Have it checked out. ...Read more

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Is it safe to breast feed after breast cancer?

Is it safe to breast feed after breast cancer?

Yes: As long as you are not receiving chemotherapy, you may breastfeed after breast cancer treatment. If your cancer was treated by radiation therapy, it is likely that you will not produce much milk, if any, from the treated breast. ...Read more

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Is bleeding from nipple breast cancer?

Is bleeding from nipple breast cancer?

~10% of the time: Bloody nipple discharge is usually secondary to a benign tumor or chronic inflammation within the duct, with breast cancer a distant third. Any woman with bloody discharge requires breast evaluation, which will include a diagnostic mammogram+/-ultrasound, physical examination, and nipple aspiration cytology. If the results remain equivocal, a surgical biopsy (terminal duct excision) may be done. ...Read more

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Is axiliary breast tissue a symptom for breast cancer?

Is axiliary breast tissue a  symptom for breast cancer?

Not usually: Some women have breast tissue under their arms that enlarges when they become pregnant, or occasionally during the menstrual cycle. Cancer is unusual, but not unheard of. If a lump persists, have it checked. ...Read more

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Is breast cancer preventable?

Is breast cancer preventable?

Partly: You can lower the odds of developing breast cancer by limiting alcohol intake to no more than a drink or 2 per day (and mostly red wine), exercising regularly, and keeping your weight under control. ...Read more

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Nipple droop is symptom of breast cancer?

Nipple droop is symptom of breast cancer?

Possibly: Most patients with breast cancer will have either no symptoms or a lump in the breast. The cancer can cause some architectural distortion of the breast, though, which can cause some changes in the nipple like nipple inversion, retraction, or otherwise alter the appearance of the nipple. This is not the most typical presentation, but it can happen. ...Read more

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Is photographic breast cancer detection now a reality?

Is photographic breast cancer detection now a reality?

Not aware of this: I am not sure what your are describing. Physical examination with mammogram and sometimes breast ultrasound are the best current options. Sometimes breast MRI is used. I am not aware of photographic technology for breast cancer, but research continues. ...Read more

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Is breast cancer impossible in teenagers?

Yes: Breast cancer is super rare in teenagers, but not impossible. If there's something concerning you, a doctor examination is the next step. If it's still concerning, ultrasound would likely follow. ...Read more

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Is breast augumentation safe? Is thrre a ridk of breast cancer in future?

Is breast augumentation safe? Is thrre a ridk of breast cancer in future?

Safe: It is a safe procedure but should be done by board certified plastic surgeon. There is no increased risk of breast cancer. ...Read more

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Why does breast cancer awareness get an entire month of recognition?

Why does breast cancer awareness get an entire month of recognition?

Philosophical ?: There are many diseases that might deserve a month of recognition. Certainly breast cancer should, but maybe prostate cancer, heart disease and major depression should, would you be interested in lobbying for some of those or others. ...Read more

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Is breast density a risk factor for breast cancer? Mammogram noted "extremely dense breasts".

Is breast density a risk factor for breast cancer? Mammogram noted "extremely dense breasts".

Yes, breast density: is a risk factor for breast cancer. The relative risk for extremely dense breasts is about 4x the relative risk of patients with almost entirely fatty breasts, and about 1.6x the RR for "average" density breasts. Find out all you need to know at http://www.breastdensity.info/ ...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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My mom had lobular breast cancer at 52. Brca negative. Is lobular breast cancer more genetic based than ductal?

My mom had lobular breast cancer at 52. Brca negative. Is lobular breast cancer more genetic based than ductal?

No its medullary: a quote from Lancethttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9167459: "The occurrence of invasive lobular carcinoma and invasive ductal carcinoma was not significantly different between carriers of BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations and controls. Medullary or atypical medullary carcinoma was, however, found more often in BRCA1 (13%, p ...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