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How does a breast tumor look like?

How does a breast tumor look like?

Tumor: The word tumor means a growth. There are benign tumors and cancerous tumors. Benign breast tumors can be a fluid cyst or a firm solid rounded fibroadenoma. Cancerous breast tumors are firm and irregular and look abnormal on mammogram and breast ultrasound. ...Read more

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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


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What's the cause of a breast tumor?

What's the cause of a breast tumor?

Multiple: The cause can be from your family history, estrogen therapy, history of radiation to the chest, or in most cases just bad luck. ...Read more

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Is removing a breast tumor dangerous?

Is removing a breast tumor dangerous?

Not usually: All surgery has some risk, but in general breast cancer surgery is very safe. It is certainly much safer than not having such surgery when there is a diagnosis of suspected or proven cancer. Risks include bad reactions to anesthesia and infection, but both of these are very rare. Thousands of such operations are done without complications every year. ...Read more

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How fast does a benign breast tumor grow?

How fast does a benign breast tumor grow?

Variable: Different tumors grow at different rates. In general, it takes a breast cancer about four years to become palpable from the time of onset. If left untreated a breast cance has an average life span of about four years from the time of diagnosis. These are average figures with wide variations among different tumors and patients. ...Read more

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How can a benign breast tumor be removed?

How can a benign breast tumor be removed?

Depends: Easily felt tumors can be surgically excised using local or general anesthetic. If too small or too deep to be felt, ultrasound or mammogram localization with needle or dye is used to guide removal. Some benign "tumors" may be cysts- and are collapsed by sucking out the fluid through a needle and syringe. After removal, benign tumors should be confirmed with pathology to rule out cancer. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a breast tumor?

How can you tell if you have a breast tumor?

See a doctor: You cannot tell without getting a physical examination with a doctor & scheduling a mammogram with possible breast ultrasound. Sometimes further testing with needle biopsy may be indicated. ...Read more

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Are there any herbs to shrink a breast tumor?

Are there any herbs to shrink a breast tumor?

NO: If this is cancer, there are no herbs available. The proven methods of chemotherapy, radiation, hormonal therapy and surgery are the standard of care and the reasons why so many women are survivors. This can be an overwhelming and scary time but seek out a team of doctors who will provide standard of care options and listen to your fears and concerns. ...Read more

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How long can it take for a breast tumor to form?

How long can it take for a breast tumor to form?

Varies: Each cancer is unique. Some cancer cells have the ability to metastasize very early in their development while other can be slower to metastasize. ...Read more

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I have breast tumor can be seen only before sex?

I have breast tumor can be seen only before sex?

Unlikely: Your question is not clear but it is highly unlikely that you have a tumor that manifests itself only before sex. ...Read more

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What could I do to relieve discomfort from breast tumor?

What could I do to relieve discomfort from breast tumor?

See a breast surgeon: If you have a breast tumor it needs to be evaluated and treated. It may be a cancer. You should get a mammogram and a breast ultrasound and see a doctor who specializes in breast diseases eg a breast surgeon. ...Read more

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If they remove my breast tumor will it disfigure my breast?

If they remove my breast tumor will it disfigure my breast?

Depends: Depending on the size of the tumor and the size of the breast, the deformity that may occur varies greatly. If the tumor is large and the breast is small, the change of a disfiguring change is high. The larger the breast, the less likely the surgery will disfigure the breast. Discuss this with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Do you think I should have this benign breast tumor removed?

Do you think I should have this benign breast tumor removed?

You can't be : Certain that a breast tumor is benign unless the entire thing is removed and sent for pathology examination. But if your doctor recommends no removal after all tests have been completed, I would follow his advice. Keep in mind though that every breast lump could be cancer. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with benign breast tumor and it feels bigger?

I was diagnosed with benign breast tumor and it feels bigger?

It's possible: The most common benign tumor of the breast is a fibroadenoma. These are estrogen-sensitive and, although benign, can grow. If you feel that it has grown, a simple ultrasound can determine this; if so, we often advise minor surgical excision since it otherwise may continue to grow. ...Read more

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Should I remove my breast tumor if it will it disfigure my breast?

Should I remove my breast tumor if it will it disfigure my breast?

Generally yes: There are many considerations when answering this question. If the cancer is confined to the breast without having spread to any distant organs, then surgery is an important part of the cancer therapy, even if it disfigures the breast. Ask to talk to a plastic surgeon to see what breast reconstruction may be an option for you. ...Read more

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If malignant breast tumor, how fast does it grow?

If malignant breast tumor, how fast does it grow?

Depends: Tumors are different for everyone. Some grow fast and some grow slow. Age, genetic factors and ethnicity can contribute. If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, it is important to take time to explore and understand the treatments and options. In general, it can take 2-4 weeks from the time of diagnosis until the first treatment intervention. Be sure you get your questions answered by your dr. ...Read more

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How can I determine if my breast tumor is cancerous?

How can I determine if my breast tumor is cancerous?

Biopsy: Ask your doctor to refer to a breast center where an ultrasound can determine if the tumor is a cyst (fluid) or solid tumor. A cyst can be observed if not painful. Most (over 95 percent) of tumors in your age group are benign (non-cancerous). The breast center physician (usually a radiologist) can perform a biopsy or determine if the tumor can be observed based on the appearance. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a benign breast tumor become cancerous?

Is it possible for a benign breast tumor become cancerous?

Rarely: It is uncommon for a proven benign tumor to become cancerous. But any change in size requires confirmation with a biopsy. The proof of cancer lies in biopsy and pathology examination under the microscope! ...Read more

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It is possible that a benign breast tumor become cancerous?

It is possible that a benign breast tumor become cancerous?

Depends on : Which benign tumor. Fibroadenomas, the most common kind, do not become malignant until they become very large. Some other types, though, can undergo malignant transformation. So it is best to get them removed to know what kind of benign tumor. ...Read more

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I was told that I have fibrous breast tumor. What does it really mean?

I was told that I have fibrous breast tumor.  What does it really mean?

FIBROADENOMA?: The most common benign tumor of the breast is a fibroadenoma. These are estrogen-sensitive and, although benign, can grow. If it is stable and not causing pain, these do not require removal. If it does grow, we often advise minor surgical excision since it otherwise may continue to grow. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more