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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Female) (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 on an annual basis. ...Read more


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I have est/prog + breast cancer fixing to start chemo. What is a recommended birth control?

I have est/prog + breast cancer fixing to start chemo. What is a recommended birth control?

Condoms: The chemotherapy itself will probably turn your ovaries off, either temporarily or permanently, but it is too variable to know for sure. You should not add birth control pills or Progesterone iud during chemo for an estrogen sensitive cancer. Therefore, your best choices are condoms or a copper iud. ...Read more

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Does birth control cause breast cancer?

Does birth control cause breast cancer?

Slightly: A 1996 analysis of more than 50 studies worldwide by the Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Ca found women who were current/recent users of birth control pills had a slightly higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who had never used the pill. The risk was highest for women starting oral contraceptives as teenagers. However, the risk was gone 10 years after stopping. ...Read more

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I recently changed birth control, and 3rd month taking it, my boobs started hurting. A prickly kinda hurt. They hurt 24/7. do I have breast cancer?

I recently changed birth control, and 3rd month taking it, my boobs started hurting. A prickly kinda hurt. They hurt 24/7. do I have breast cancer?

Very unlikely: It is very unlikely that you have breast cancer. If your symptoms continue, you should consult your doctor for change to a different pill. 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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Thinking of getting on birth control, but read it might increase the risk of cancer. History of breast cancer in family, what should I do, what's safe?

Risks worth it: The oral contraceptive pill greatly decreases your risk for ovarian cancer, and it is not a risk factor for breast cancer (it may perhaps protect). There are non-cancer risks but your physician can help you weigh these depending on your other life factors. I trust you are not a smoker. ...Read more

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How do birth control pills affect your risk of breast cancer?

How do birth control pills affect your risk of breast cancer?

Depends: You are thought to have a slight increased risk if you use the pill for over 10 years, although, some studies show that people who use birth control pills and develop breast cancer have a less aggressive form. ...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


Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more