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When is breast cancer awareness month?

When is breast cancer awareness month?

October: October is the Breast cancer awareness month. Just remember every woman should make every month a breast cancer awareness month for herself and her loved ones. ...Read more

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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When was breast cancer awareness month started?

When was breast cancer awareness month started?

Breast Cancer Month: National breast cancer awareness month was established in 1985. The aim of the month is to encourage the use of mammograms to increase the rate of earlier detection. ...Read more

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What month is cancer awareness month?

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What month is cancer awareness month?

CA months: CA awareness month is broken down by the type of CA. Check out the ACS web page at Cancer.org. Check under CA awareness calendar. ...Read more

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Is one month of breast pain a sign of breast cancer?

Is one month of breast pain a sign of breast cancer?

Not usually: A particular or focal area of pain should be investigated with mammogram and/or sonogram, but breast pain all over is usually fibrocystic/hormonal pain. Breast cancer is usually a painless, hard, non-movable lump. Anytime you are concerned about changes in your breast, consult your doctor to see if additional testing is needed. ...Read more

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My mom has 3rd breast cancer recurrence but is brca1/2 negative. Am I high risk for breast cancer?

My mom has 3rd breast cancer recurrence but is brca1/2 negative. Am I high risk for breast cancer?

Yes you are: Breast cancer does have some hereditary tendency. So sisters and daughters of a breat cancer patients have a small increase in their risk for developing breast cancer. yet >90% of the time there is no relationship to such an occurrence. So you need to be vigilant but not worry much about it. Just learn about breast self examination and do annual mammograms beginning at age 40 yr. ...Read more

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My mom had lobular breast cancer at 54 and her paternal cousin had breast cancer at 48. Everyone is brca negative. Is this likely hereditary?

My mom had lobular breast cancer at 54 and her paternal cousin had breast cancer at 48. Everyone is brca negative. Is this likely hereditary?

Hard to tell...: ...without more info. BRCA 1 and 2 are not the only genes known to increase the risk for cancer and there are probably others we do not know anything about. Someone in the family (preferably your mom or her cousin) should visit a genetic counselor (if they have not yet done so) to see what other genes need to be tested if necessary and what else they can do to reduce their risk. ...Read more

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Mother had breast cancer at 54 and her cousin had it at 48.BRCA negative and breast cancer panel negative (breastnext).How likely is it I'll get it?

Mother had breast cancer at 54 and her cousin had it at 48.BRCA negative and breast cancer panel negative (breastnext).How likely is it I'll get it?

High Risk: Although genetic testing was negative, you are still at elevated risk. Other factors could help determine statistical risk, but, not as accurate in a 25 yo. I would recommend establishing a relationship w OBGYN +/- a high risk breast program. A yearly breast exam is important. A baseline mammogram at 35 yr and yearly mammograms from age 40 yr would be appropriate. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing fibrocystic breast disease for years. I am now after menopause (age 77) is this a risk factor 4 breast cancer?

I'm experiencing fibrocystic breast disease for years. I am now after menopause (age 77) is this a risk factor 4 breast cancer?

NO: Fibrocystic changes can make it more difficult to examine breasts, and therefore may delay diagnosis in pre menopausal women, but as a rule there's minimal evidence to suggest that fibrocystic changes increases your risk of breast cancer. Just continue self breast exams, annual mammography, and physician exams yearly. Now, go and enjoy life. Good luck. ...Read more

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Breast cancer:mastectomy done;1/12 affedctes nodes; positive hormonal receiver; score0;stage 2; is there a possibility to have a breast cancer again?

Breast cancer:mastectomy done;1/12 affedctes nodes; positive hormonal receiver; score0;stage 2; is there a possibility to have a breast cancer again?

Possible...: It all depends on the pathology report (her2 status..) and treatment provided. No guarantees in life but ! not knowing all the details, she has at least more than 60% chance of cure. Be postive. Encourage her, continue hormonal teatement for at least 5 years. Discuss the case with the oncologist who has all the information and treatment in front of him. Do not be shy. Thanks for asking. ...Read more

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My maternal grandmother had ovarian cancer. What is my chance (statistically) of getting ovarian cancer, too?

My maternal grandmother had ovarian cancer. What is my chance (statistically) of getting ovarian cancer, too?

Probably low.: Unless your grandmother had ovarian cancer at a young age, or had both ovarian and breast cancer, or other close relatives of you and your grandmother have or had ovarian or breast cancer, your risk for ovarian cancer approaches the background statistical risk in your population. ...Read more

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Dr i came to know that breast cancer causes misscarriage, is it true? Breast cancer causes early stage miscarriages?!

Dr i came to know that breast cancer causes misscarriage, is it true? Breast cancer causes early stage miscarriages?!

NO: but any treatment for breast cancer other than surgery could cause fetal abnormalities use ultrasound instead of mammogram to safely image the breast and guide biopsy if needed. ...Read more

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Is photographic breast cancer detection now a reality?

Is photographic breast cancer detection now a reality?

Not aware of this: I am not sure what your are describing. Physical examination with mammogram and sometimes breast ultrasound are the best current options. Sometimes breast MRI is used. I am not aware of photographic technology for breast cancer, but research continues. ...Read more

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Breast lump in one breast, only 19 years old, could this be cancer?

Yes: Get into the habit now. Any dominant mass in the breast needs to be seen without delay by your physician. I'll bet it's benign. But you'd be betting your life versus nothing if you don't get seen. ...Read more

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Had a breast cyst monitored every six months. now mammo say it has undefined borders. going for follow up mammo and ultrasound. cancer likelihood?

Had a breast cyst monitored every six months.  now mammo say it has undefined borders.  going for follow up mammo and ultrasound.  cancer likelihood?

Hard to make: a determination with limited info and no images, but it sounds like it now has some suspicious features and may require needle biopsy. That said, the probability of cancer is probably relatively low, but not low enough to keep following it due to the interval change. ...Read more

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Is breast augumentation safe? Is thrre a ridk of breast cancer in future?

Is breast augumentation safe? Is thrre a ridk of breast cancer in future?

Safe: It is a safe procedure but should be done by board certified plastic surgeon. There is no increased risk of breast cancer. ...Read more

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At 27, I had ovarian cancer and then a hysterectomy. Is HRT safe for me? My cancer was malignant dysgermanoma.

At 27, I had ovarian cancer and then a hysterectomy.  Is HRT safe for me?  My cancer was malignant dysgermanoma.

Yes: Before your ovaries were removed, they made hormones (hrt) so you should be fine using replacement after the surgery. That particular type of cancer should not be affected by replacement. A person with breast cancer, active blood clots, certain types of uterine cancer or undiagnosed vaginal bleeding should not use hrt. ...Read more

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Developed a lump in my breast 2 months after getting nexplanon (etonogestrel implant for bc) is it breast cancer?

Developed a lump in my breast 2 months after getting nexplanon (etonogestrel implant for bc) is it breast cancer?

Cyclle related: Observe if the lump is persistent throughout your cycle and if it does, an adenoma or cyst would be my working diagnosis but if you have family history of breast cancer, i suggest you see your doctor for baseline exam. ...Read more

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My mom had lobular breast cancer at 52. Brca negative. Is lobular breast cancer more genetic based than ductal?

My mom had lobular breast cancer at 52. Brca negative. Is lobular breast cancer more genetic based than ductal?

No its medullary: a quote from Lancethttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9167459: "The occurrence of invasive lobular carcinoma and invasive ductal carcinoma was not significantly different between carriers of BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations and controls. Medullary or atypical medullary carcinoma was, however, found more often in BRCA1 (13%, p ...Read more

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What is the risk of smoking 6 years after beating stage two breast cancer?

What is the risk of smoking 6 years after beating stage two breast cancer?

Same as if...: ...You never had breast cancer. Having already fought cancer with success, i wonder why in god's creation you want to play with your life in that way and risk lung, throat, cervical, kidney, bladder, and other cancers much less curable. Please quit now. If you had the strength to best breast cancer, you have the strength to kick the habit. ...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


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which cells lining the inside of the breast grow ...Read more