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My aunt (2nd cousin of my mother) in late 70s has stage II breast cancer. What is our risk of getting the same disease?

My aunt (2nd cousin of my mother) in late 70s has stage II breast cancer. What is our risk of getting the same disease?

You relative: Does not qualify as a first degree relative, so your risk of breast cancer is not affected by her breast cancer. But you should get screening mammograms anyway. ...Read more

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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What happens in the last stage of breast cancer when it's to late and can't be cured..?

What happens in the last stage of breast cancer when it's to late and can't be cured..?

Some people: Receive palliative care so that they have optimum pain control and feel more comfortable. Take care. ...Read more

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Why is late and low parity a risk factor for breast cancer?

Why is late and low parity a risk factor for breast cancer?

Estrogen: It has to do with estrogen levels and giving your body a "break" from it. Have children at later ages or having fewer children is not as protective compared to the opposite. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between women who have late pregnancies and breast cancer?

Is there a connection between women who have late pregnancies and breast cancer?

Yes: Analysis of statistics shows women who have earlier age at first menstrual cycle, first childbirth at a later age & those who do not breast feed can have higher risks of breast cancer. But does not mean that all of those will get breast cancer. ...Read more

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Why is herceptin (trastuzumab) licensed for use of advanced but not early breast cancer?

Why is herceptin (trastuzumab) licensed for use of advanced but not early breast cancer?

Used in both setting: For your information, Herceptin (trastuzumab) is used and indicated for both settings- for early breast cancer- at least is given for 1 year - as well as for advanced metastatic breast cancer. ...Read more

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I am 18 years old and off late i've noticed a lump in my breast, could it possibly be breast cancer?

I am 18 years old and off late i've noticed a lump in my breast, could it possibly be breast cancer?

Unlikely to be pbm: At your age this is more likely to be benign cysts. A trip to your doc during regular office hours for an exam would be my first step to resolve your question. ...Read more

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What do risk factors for breast cancer such as early menarche, late menopause, & nullipara have in common?

What do risk factors for breast cancer such as early menarche, late menopause, & nullipara have in common?

Hormone: Longer exposure to higher levels of estrogen hormones is suggested, but these statistical findings are a measurement of increased risks. The statistics are not meant to tell us why things happen, they only measure what is seen in the us population. See gail risk model measurements. ...Read more

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Treatment of localy advanced breast cancer .Large ulcerative mass of left breast.Metastatic work up are free?

Treatment of localy advanced breast cancer .Large ulcerative mass of left breast.Metastatic work up are free?

Combined therapy : It depends on the receptor status of the tumor. Is it estrogen receptor positive. Is it her 2 positive. ? Chemotherapy may help to shrink it to make surgery more effective. Usually a course of radiation would be necessary. If the ulcerating mass has an odor Flagyl cream/ointment can help reduce the odor ...Read more

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Advanced lobular breast cancer. What is the success rate when a mastectomy, 3rd generation chemotherapy and radiation is done?

Advanced lobular breast cancer. What is the success rate when a mastectomy, 3rd generation chemotherapy and radiation is done?

Depends: May be good, but need much more detailed information on tumor size, stage, lymph nodes, hormone receptors, etc.Your own oncologist would be in a much better position to help answer this question for you. ...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. 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