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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 tests can be used to detect breast cancer?

What tests can be used to detect breast cancer?

MMG/CBE/BSE: The basis of breast cancer screening is trifold with breast self exam (bse), clinical breast exam (cbe), and annual screening mammography (mmg) at age 40 (still the standard recommendation). If any find a question, then add diagnostic imaging including special mmg views and ultrasound. Screening MRI is for high risk pts (see acs criteria). Final DX should usually be by image guided needle bx. ...Read more

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What sort of tests are normally done for breast cancer?

What sort of tests are normally done for breast cancer?

Mammograms: To diagnose breast cancer mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy or done. Sometimes an MRI of the breasts are done depending on the situation. Basic blood work and good history will help determine if other scans need to be done to look for spread. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to do a proper breast cancer test on myself?

Can you tell me how to do a proper breast cancer test on myself?

Depends: A good test can be self exams daily and seeing a physician if there are questions. A diagnostic mammogram should be done at a certain age (depends on family and personal history). A ultrasound should be done for suspicious masses, this may lead to a biopsy or a mri. See your primary physician for more details. ...Read more

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What are some tests to determine whether I have breast cancer or not?

What are some tests to determine whether I have breast cancer or not?

See a doctor: Have a breast physical examination, mammogram, possible breast ultrasound. Needle biopsy may be indicated as well, if there is an identified abnormality. Biopsy is the only way to make a final diagnosis of what a breast mass is. ...Read more

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Which type of tests or examinations should be done for breast cancer?

Which type of tests or examinations should be done for breast cancer?

Cancer diagnostics : Most of the time- depending on your oncologist and type / aggression / symptoms of your breast cancer- a patient can get tumor markers with generalized labs, mammogram for the opposite side, x-rays or cts for symptomatic areas (spine or other bones), mris for suspicious lesions, and pet scans for aggressive tumors. On your breast cancer tissue- hormone receptor markers and pathology. ...Read more

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Which type of test is performed for men in detection of breast cancer?

Same as in: Women, mammogram, sometimes mri. Chances of getting breast cancer in males is really low compared with women. ...Read more

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I am curious, what kind of tests should be done to detect breast cancer at age 20?

I am curious, what kind of tests should be done to detect breast cancer at age 20?

If there is: No palpable mass, diagnostic tests are mammogram, ultrasound, and mri. If there is a mass, a needle or open biopsy will tell for sure in addition to above tests. ...Read more

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If i was being diagnosed with breast cancer, what are some tests i will go through?

If i was being diagnosed with breast cancer, what are some tests i will go through?

It depends on Stage : Your doctor will advise you on this question. But there are typically tests to confirm a growth in the breast...This is done with a mammogram and sometimes an ultrasound and occasionally with a MRI scan of the breast. In more advanced tumors x-rays of the body(ct scan or pet scan) may also be done if there is suspicion of stage 3 or 4 cancer. ...Read more

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Can I test my unborn baby for breast cancer?

No: If you are at high risk for hereditary breast cancer, you may undergo a simple blood test to determine if you inherited one of the mutations associated with breast cancer. If you have this mutation, any of your children could be tested, as well. Keep in mind that the presence of this mutation does not always translate into a 100% risk for developing breast cancer. ...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