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Is dcis breast cancer be caused by stress?

Is dcis breast cancer be caused by stress?

No: The risk factors for dcis are the same as breast cancer; age, family history, estrogen exposure, etc. There is no evidence that stress increases that risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Can dcis breast cancer be caused by stress?

Can dcis breast cancer be caused by stress?

Unknown: It is very difficult if not impossible to attribute one factor alone as a cause of breast cancer. A recent study looked at stress levels in breast cancer patients and found the stress scores higher in those with more aggressive cancers, but it's hard to know whether the stress caused the aggressive form or if the aggressive cancer caused more stress. Regardless, stress, obviously, is never good. ...Read more

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What causes dcis breast cancer?

What causes dcis breast cancer?

In one word unknown : Ductal carcinoma in situ dcis is simply the sleeping cancer cells inside the breast ducts, like a garden hose loaded with cancer cells safe if they are inside the duct , once they are out side then is invasive cancer, ready to spread, cause is unknown at this time, from genetic mutations, braca i & ii age, hormonal uses.Environment , late age pregnancy life style etc are all attributed. ...Read more

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Should tamoxifen be stopped if it caused endometrium thickening? Taking it for dcis, will it lead to endometrium cancer if continued?

Should tamoxifen be stopped if it caused endometrium thickening? Taking it for dcis, will it lead to endometrium cancer if continued?

Probably not: In a female in their 20's the discovery of dcis is unusual and raises possibility of the need for prevention of other breast disease with tamoxifen furthermore endometrium cancer is very unusual in a women on tamoxifen of this age and particularly if she still has periods most doctors if concerned by thickening will do a biopsy and resolve the concern. ...Read more

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What causes ductal carcinoma in situ (dcis)?

What causes ductal carcinoma in situ (dcis)?

Viral insertion: DCIS is the earliest phase of transformation to malignancy developing in the ductal system before invasion into parenchyma has occurred. It is defined on mammo by clustered microcalcification. In general the long terminal repeat of the MMTV viral genome enters the ductal cell to initiate transformation. with time the cells become aggressive and invade basement membrane helped by the EBV virus ...Read more

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I need to know what is the cause of ductal carcinoma in situ (dcis)?

I need to know what is the cause of ductal carcinoma in situ (dcis)?

Genetic mutations: This is mostly a random event. There's a natural instability in the human genome even if you are never exposed to anything that's obviously a mutagen. The other factors that place you at risk for breast cancer (nulliparity, brca1 / brca2 mutations, etc.) are risk factors here, but no woman (and actually no man either) is immune. ...Read more

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Should tamoxifen be stopped if it caused endometrium thickening? Taking it for dcis, will it lead to endome cancer if continued? Asking about mom 54yr

Should tamoxifen be stopped if it caused endometrium thickening? Taking it for dcis, will it lead to endome cancer if continued? Asking about mom 54yr

It depends...: Endometrial thickening does not equal cancer. Tamoxifen can be continued but the endometrium should be investigates with consultation with a gynecologist. Tamoxifen should be discontinued only if the endometrial biopsy shows any atpia. But the best guidance should come from a gynecologist. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have dcis?

How can I tell if I have dcis?

Cannot: Lcis and dcis are both conditions are variants of changes in the breast that can only be determined by biopsy. ...Read more

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How is lcis is different from dcis?

Risk factor v cancer: Dcis is a pre-cancerous condition that, if left untreated, could turn into a cancer. It is often detected by mammography. Lcis is not pre-cancerous, however, women who are found to have lcis are at an increased risk of developing breast cancer (in either breast). It is usually not detectable by mammography and is often found incidentally at the time of biopsy. ...Read more

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Does taking tamoxifen really benefit dcis?

Yes, for ER+ DCIS: The addition of tamoxifen to surgery and radiation therapy for dcis significantly reduced the risk of invasive cancer on the same beast by 40 % and risk for in situ breast cancer on the other breast by 60 percent. ...Read more

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How do you determine or detect dcis with palpable mass?

How do you determine or detect dcis with palpable mass?

Biopsy: A needle biopsy may be performed under local anesthesia in an office setting without much pain. Dcis can only be diagnosed by direct tissue examination. ...Read more

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My mum just been told that she has dcis , can i get a test to see if am going to get it?

My mum just been told that she has dcis , can i get a test to see if am going to get it?

No such test: Ductal carcinoma in situ is very common and usually quite manageable. And if there was such a test, what would you do? Have both your breasts amputated? That would be so wrong. Most women who die of breast cancer have lesions that could have been spotted and cured with the usual surveillance. I'm still a proponent of self-exam, and of course report any new dominant mass right away. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How fast does dcis spread?

Quite slowly: It is difficult to define. But it does not spread all that fast. You have a few months before you need to worry about that. ...Read more

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Why does dcis become invasive?

Why does dcis become invasive?

Unknown: If we knew the answer to this question, women with dcis would not all need surgery! about 50% of dcis (ductal carcinoma in situ), if left untreated, will go on to become invasive cancer. Certain genes in the dcis cells get "turned on", making them invasive, but we don't know what makes this switch happen. ...Read more

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Are there different types of dcis?

Yes: Dcis may be classified into different types based upon the pattern of growth when viewed under a microscope. These include comedo, papillary, cribiform, and solid. The comedo form tends to have the highest potential for becoming invasive if left untreated. Dcis may also be classified by how rapidly the cancer cells are dividing; this is referred to as the grade of the cancer. ...Read more

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How does dcis become harmfully invasive?

Unknown: If we knew the answer to this question, women with dcis would not all need surgery! about 50% of dcis (ductal carcinoma in situ), if left untreated, will go on to become invasive cancer. Certain genes in the dcis cells get "turned on", making them invasive, but we don't know what makes this switch happen. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what hg-dcis stands for?

High-grade DCIS: This designation refers to high-grade ductal carcinoma in situ. The adhesion molecules cd31 and cd44 are increasing expressed in very malignant breast ca. Such expression correlates well with tumor cells spreading within the ductal system of said breast. ...Read more

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How is dcis typically detected and diagnosed?

How is dcis typically detected and diagnosed?

Biopsy: Ductal carcinoma in situ (dcis) is initially seen on mammogram as a cluster of abnormal microscopic calcifications in the breast. A biopsy is then done to obtain a sample of the area of breast tissue in question. When the biopsy tissue is examined under a microscope it will definitively diagnose the dcis cells. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Intraductal Carcinoma (Definition)

Intraductal carcinoma is a noninvasive condition in which abnormal cells are found in the lining of a breast duct. The abnormal cells have not spread outside the duct to other ...Read more