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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


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Why am i having clear discharge from left nipple? Is this sign of breast cancer in men?

Needs evaluation: There are 100 female breast cancers for every 1male breast cancer. It is never normal to see nipple discharge in men. Although there may be benign causes, this calls for a prompt evaluation by a breast specialist such as a general surgeon. This may include blood tests, imaging studies such as mammography or ultrasound, and a careful history. Depending on the findings, a biopsy (tissue sample). ...Read more

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If a man gets breast cancer, does he first have to have a lump of non-cancerours breast gland material under the nipple (that later turns cancerous?)?

If a man gets breast cancer, does he first have to have a lump of non-cancerours breast gland material under the nipple (that later turns cancerous?)?

No: All men have breast tissue, yet this tissue may not be palpable as a defined lump under the nipple. Breast cancer begins at a microscopic level and does not require palpable breast tissue in order to form. Some men have a condition where there is pathologic enlargement of their breast tissue--gynecomastia. Although controversial, this does seem to predispose one to breast cancer. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm wondering what role these things might have played in getting an (aggressive) breast cancer?

What to do if i'm wondering what role these things might have played in getting an (aggressive) breast cancer?

Unclear: I can't tell what you are asking about. Some things that may play a role: hormone replacement therapy smoking alcohol sedentary lifestyle (lack of exercise) genetics good luck! ...Read more

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My nipples are cracking during feeding. Is this breast cancer?

My nipples are cracking during feeding. Is this breast cancer?

An eczema- like rash: That persists after a few wks should be biopsies but it sounds like chapping. ...Read more

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What happens if a woman had to have her breast removed, due to breast cancer, could she keep her nipple?

What happens if a woman had to have her breast removed, due to breast cancer, could she keep her nipple?

In some cases: some women can have a skin and nipple sparing mastectomy. It depends on the size, stage & location of the breast cancer. It also requires a very knowledgeable surgical team with a breast cancer surgeon & a plastic surgeon working together. ...Read more

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Are itchy nipples always a sign of breast cancer?

Are itchy nipples always a sign of breast cancer?

Probably not.: Most of the time this is dermatologic. There is a type of breast cancer known as paget's disease of the nipple that can present as an excoriated lesion on the nipple or areola. If this type if lesion is present and does not resolve, consider seeing a dermatologist or breast surgeon. Although unlikely, a biopsy would be a very quick, simple procedure. ...Read more

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Will abscess in the nipple leads to breast cancer?

Will abscess in the nipple leads to breast cancer?

Not related: Nipple abscess and breast cancer are not causally related. However, you should seek treatment for abscess and discuss your concern with your doctor. ...Read more

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My left nipple is so itchy. Could it be breast cancer?

My left nipple is so itchy. Could it be breast cancer?

See dermatologist: It's prudent to have any new and persistent itchy patch on the skin examined by a dermatologist. Skin cancer can sometimes present with itching. ...Read more

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Might having a bump on you nipple mean you have breast cancer?

Might having a bump on you nipple mean you have breast cancer?

Not likely: But it depends on size and appearance of bump. A condition called paget's disease is an abnormal nipple that is really cancer. It is really impossible to say without looking at it. So go see a doctor who can tell you for sure. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between inverted nipples and breast cancer?

Is there a connection between inverted nipples and breast cancer?

Yes. But: If the nipple was always inverted, no connection. It is the normally everted nipple that converts to inverted that raises the red lantern of worry. Many cancers arise in dense tissue, and as it grows it draws the nipple inward. Imaging stil needed to identify the source and bipsy the kind of treatment needed. ...Read more

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Coulda sudden retracted nipple and slight burning mean breast cancer?

Coulda sudden retracted nipple and slight burning mean breast cancer?

Yes: If the nipple retracts after it is formed, it's worrisome. A physician's office visit and/or imaging is in order. ...Read more

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Will a sudden retracted nipple and slight burning mean breast cancer?

Will a sudden retracted nipple and slight burning mean breast cancer?

Could be, but not: Necessarily. You need to have further tests, such as mammogram, ultrasound, and possibly a biopsy to tell for sure. Get to a doctor. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my left nipple is so itchy. is it breast cancer?

What do you suggest if my left nipple is so itchy. is it breast cancer?

Not necessarily: And at your age, rather unlikely. You should see your doc about it, though. Even a benign condition may need therapy. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a lump in my breast/nipples! do I have breast cancer?

What to do if I have a lump in my breast/nipples! do I have breast cancer?

Probably not: M: most lumps in the breast are actually not cancerous, but i definitely advise that you call this to your doctor's attention so that appropriate testing can be done. You will need at least a sonogram and mammogram to check out the lump areas. If you have many lumps, that is also a good sign that it is likely not cancer. ...Read more

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Preteen son has problems with his nipples. Could it possibly be breast cancer?

Preteen son has problems with his nipples. Could it possibly be breast cancer?

Age ???: A 11-13 yo male who has developed nipple enlargement or tenderness is involved in a ritual of passage.About 1/2 of males will undergo this and in some it is quite dramatic.It is characterized by spongy tissue directly under the nipple.It can effect one or both sides, lasts an average of 6 mo, with a few cases lasting up to 2 yrs.Kids carrying extra weight can have more prominent findings.Not cancer. ...Read more

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Does left nipple with a slight feeling of burning behind it mean breast cancer?

Does left nipple with a slight feeling of burning behind it mean breast cancer?

Burning: Sensation by itself does not mean cancer. But if there is an associated mass, it does. So show it to your doctor for real answer. ...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