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Silicone breast implants can couse breast cancer?

Silicone breast implants can couse breast cancer?

No but.....: There is no direct link but there are concerns with the potential for implants to interfere with the detection of cancer. Particularly using mammograms. Special views (eklund) must be obtained. Alhtough there may be a delay in diagnosis, there has not been shown to be any effect on survival. With mri, surveillance is improved and may supplant mammography. As stated, alcl may be increased but rare. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Mastectomy (Definition)

A mastectomy is complete removal of all visible breast tissue. Different variations exist, some of which spare some or all of ...Read more


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Does breast bondage causing breast cancer?

Does breast bondage causing breast cancer?

No.: Breast bondage does not cause breast cancer and almost certainly has no effect on raising the risk of breast cancer. ...Read more

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Do the breast enhancement pills "breast actives" cause breast cancer or uterus cancer?

Do the breast enhancement pills "breast actives" cause breast cancer or uterus cancer?

Unknown: Breast enhancement pills are not regulated and therefore may have various unknown substances in them. Some of those substances, especially if they include estrogen, may increase risk of cancers. ...Read more

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Is nipple sparing mastectomy safe for brca 2?

Is nipple sparing mastectomy safe for brca 2?

Yes: Many studies have been published demonstrating this option to be safe, both for treatment of breast cancer and prevention in women with brca mutations. No surgery will take the risk of subsequent breast cancer down to zero--there is always some breast tissue left behind, albeit microscopic. Therefore, it stands to reason that the more left behind, the higher the risk; yet, it remains quite low. ...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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Is breast augmentation or reconstruction risky?

Is breast augmentation or reconstruction risky?

Benefits > risks: Every surgery has risks and benefits, so it comes down to what we call the risk/benefit ratio. Silicone breast implants have been studied more than any other medical device and the fda has confirmed that they are safe and effective. Thre are a lot of things to consider however so you should discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon in detail. ...Read more

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Is a mammogram with breast implants effective?

Is a mammogram with breast implants effective?

Yes: You will probably have to get a few extra views to visualize all breast tissue but this is not a big deal. ...Read more

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Fat transfer breast augmentation surgery vs. Breast implants, which to do?

Fat transfer breast augmentation surgery vs. Breast implants, which to do?

Depends: For smaller volume increases, fat transfer works as well as implants. However for larger volumes, it may take several stages and is more difficult to get the same result as an implant. It also depends on the amount of breast tissue you start with, because fat transfer needs some tissue to survive. Generally speaking, it is more economical to get implants. ...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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Could breast implants give you breast cancer?

Could breast implants give you breast cancer?

Short answer: no: With the exception of a very rare situation, (called ALCL) breast implants do not seem to increase the risk of breast cancers. There are multiple studies which actually show women with implants having a lower-than-expected risk of breast cancer. ...Read more

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68y,left breast IDC in 2011,received Chemo+Radio+lumpectomy.Now,Angiosarchoma in same breast,had mastectomy.All margins are clear.Need Chemo or Radio?

68y,left breast IDC in 2011,received Chemo+Radio+lumpectomy.Now,Angiosarchoma in same breast,had mastectomy.All margins are clear.Need Chemo or Radio?

Cancer treatment: Only you and your Drs can make the best decision as to what is the best treatment for you. Discuss with your team and ask for second opinion as well. ...Read more

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Is mastectomy removal of both breasts?

Is mastectomy removal of both breasts?

Removal of breast: A mastectomy is the removal of the breast/breast tissue. A double mastectomy is the removal of both breasts. ...Read more

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Price for breast lumpectomy vs a mastectomy?

Price for breast lumpectomy vs a mastectomy?

Don't Let Price...: ...Influence your decision. Treatment may require surgery+/-radiationrx+/-chemorx, therefore looking at the cost of these operations alone are misleading. For example, radiationrx is mandatory after lumpectomy, so any price comparison would have to include this. Most importantly, if uninsured, there are many people & hospitals in the healthcare community that will assist cancer patients. ...Read more

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Can a woman with breast cancer breast feed?

Can a woman with breast cancer breast feed?

Yes: Prior breast cancer does not Prohibit a woman from breastfeeding, however, the affected breast may not prodice much milk if treated by radiation therapy. Furthermore, any medication that you are taking, including chemotherapy, may be transmitted in the breast milk and should be avoided. ...Read more

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What are the current breast reconstruction techniques after breast cancer surgery?

What are the current breast reconstruction techniques after breast cancer surgery?

Flap or implant: Basically - you can use your own tissue or reconstruct with a breast implant. There are several options when your own tissue is used including tram (uses the rectus muscle in the abdomen with attached skin and fat), latissimus (the muscle going from shoulder to back - usually for relatively small defects), diep (uses skin and fat on abdomen, but preserves the muscle). ...Read more

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Can a women get breast cancer from bdsm breast bondage?

Can a women get breast cancer from bdsm breast bondage?

Hard to say: Trauma, repeatedly, is not good for tissue but I have never seen any linkage, likely not causative, the risk is 1 in 9 women, likely coincidental. ...Read more

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Can a breast MRI miss breast cancer?

Yes, it is: more than 90% sensitive for most cancers, but no test is 100%. ...Read more

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Could you donate breasts to mastectomy patients?

Could you donate breasts to mastectomy patients?

No: Generally a reconstruction is performed by using an implant or by using a woman's own fatty tissue from her abdomen or back. ...Read more

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Could a woman get fake breast after a mastectomy?

Most of the time yes: Often a skin sparing or nipple sparing mastectomy can be performed, which saves all or most of the skin. The breast can be reconstructed often at the time of mastectomy by using an implant, or by using a woman's own fatty tissue from the abdomen or back. Ask your breast surgeon if you are a candidate for immediate reconstruction, and to refer you to a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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What methods are used to reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy?

What methods are used to reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy?

Various techniques: Techniques for breast reconstruction have changed over the years. Most reconstruction is implant based -- either using a tissue expander to help stretch the muscle and skin before using an implant, or direct to implant reconstruction. Surgeons can also use flaps which transfer soft tissue, +/- skin, +/- muscle. These may come from the belly, the back the buttocks or the thighs. ...Read more

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After a mastectomy and they reconstruct your breast can you tell the difference?

After a mastectomy and they reconstruct your breast can you tell the difference?

Maybe: It depends on the type of reconstruction technique, timing of it, and scar already on the chest wall. Immediate reconstruction after skin sparing mastectomy gives the best result cosmetically, but if delayed reconstruction is known at the time of mastectomy a skin sparing technique can also be used which will look better. Nipple spring technique is also becoming more popular. ...Read more

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Is it likely for men to donate breast tissue to women who have undergone mastectomys?

Is it likely for men to donate breast tissue to women who have undergone mastectomys?

Tissue transplant: Between individuals require tissue matching and immunosuppresant meds which can be complicated and sometimes even dangerous. So it is usually reserved for internal organs which are necessary to sustain life. Breast transplants are not worth this risk. ...Read more

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Is mastectomy removal of both breasts?

Removal of breast: A mastectomy is the removal of the breast/breast tissue. A double mastectomy is the removal of both breasts. ...Read more

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What is a mastectomy of accessory breast?

What is a mastectomy of accessory breast?

Accessory breast: Usually in the axilla (arm pit) or below the breast. With hormonal changes these area of extra breast tissue may grow. Because the cause a lump under the skin they are usually removed ...Read more

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Will they remove all of my breast lumps if I have a mastectomy?

Will they remove all of my breast lumps if I have a mastectomy?

Mastectomy if cancer: Any type of breast surgery is always based on ensuring that the diagnosis is confirmed prior to making a decision especially that of proceeding to a mastectomy as the goal is to remove the least amount of breast tissue as possible. Mostly mastectomy is reserved for cancer except in some women for specific reasons and men with gynecomastia. Consult with your breast surgeon and discuss your options. ...Read more

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For how long after mastectomy can I have breast re-construction?

Your surgeon: Should provide you with option of immediate post-mastectomy reconstruction, if it is technically feasible. If, for whatever reason, you do not-or did not-have this option, you probably should wait one year after your last treatment, whether it was mastectomy or radiation treatment. Consult a reconstructive plastic surgeon for specific opinion in your case. ...Read more

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Can care less about having breasts. Will a surgeon perform a mastectomy on me for the purposes of helping my back pain?

Can care less about having breasts. Will a surgeon perform a mastectomy on me for the purposes of helping my back pain?

Breast reduction: Your complaint is actually not uncommon. Get a referral to a plastic surgeon and they will explain the process to get this procedure approved. ...Read more

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Price for breast lumpectomy vs a mastectomy?

Don't Let Price...: ...Influence your decision. Treatment may require surgery+/-radiationrx+/-chemorx, therefore looking at the cost of these operations alone are misleading. For example, radiationrx is mandatory after lumpectomy, so any price comparison would have to include this. Most importantly, if uninsured, there are many people & hospitals in the healthcare community that will assist cancer patients. ...Read more

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How natural do reconstructed breasts feel after mastectomy?

How natural do reconstructed breasts feel after mastectomy?

Varies w/technique: In general, there are two reconstruction options: (1)tissue expanders to stretch the skin of the chest wall, followed by implants(2)tissue transfer, where skin, fat(+/-muscle) are brought over to the chest wall from the abdomen or back. Both of these options can look very natural (esp w/nipple-areolar sparing surgery). Option (2) feels more natural but w/limited sensation (&bigger operation). ...Read more

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Would my breasts look the same after a mastectomy + reconstruction?

Breast surgery: Although we can provide very good results with a number of techniques it depends on a number of factors. Please get a consult! ...Read more

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Im a trans guy researching surgeries. my breasts are at a 36 d and i dont know whether i should get a mastectomy or just a reduction.

Im a trans guy researching surgeries. my breasts are at a 36 d and i dont know whether i should get a mastectomy or just a reduction.

See plastic surgeon: If you're considering any breast reduction surgery, consult a board-certified plastic surgeon. It's important to understand before the surgery options, benefits, risks and complications. ...Read more

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How is breast reconstruction done after mastectomy?

How is breast reconstruction done after mastectomy?

Lots of ways: There are many options these days for reconstruction; some simple and some complex depending on each patients needs and desires. Talk with a plastic surgeon or try www.Plasticsurgery.Org. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about breast reduction or mastectomy?

Can you tell me about breast reduction or mastectomy?

Breast Reduction: Women with very large breast can suffer from kyphosis due the weight of their breasts and sometimes it requires surgical removal of breast mass to correct the posture of the body. Mastectomy is completely removal of breast ...Read more

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How do surgeons reconstruct the breast after mastectomy?

How do surgeons reconstruct the breast after mastectomy?

Implants v. "Flaps": In general, there are two different techniques for reconstruction following a mastectomy. In one, tissue expanders are placed under the chest wall muscles and then are slowly expanded over months until "new" skin forms; they are then removed and replaced by implants. The other technique involves transferring tissue from one part of the body such as the abdominal wall or back to the chest wall. ...Read more

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Is a breast reconstruction recommended after a mastectomy?

Is a breast reconstruction recommended after a mastectomy?

Up to the patient: This is a complex question, but in almost all cases the choice is up to the patient. Reconstruction can be done at the time of mastectomy or later on; both have advantages and disadvantages. I would recommend consultation with one or more plastic surgeons experienced in breast reconstruction to explore the options in your particular case. ...Read more

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