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Pink is the official color for breast cancer in women, what color ribbon is it for men?

Pink is the official color for breast cancer in women, what color ribbon is it for men?

Pink w/ blue: I don't know of an official ribbon for male breast cancer. Many organizations use a ribbon with 1/2 pink and 1/2 blue. I refer you to an organization called men against breast cancer. ...Read more

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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Why would the color pink be associated with breast cancer awareness?

Why would the color pink be associated with breast cancer awareness?

Femininity: Pink is traditionally a feminine color, but not exclusively, of course. Breast cancer is traditionally a disease of women, but not exclusively. Ergo, pink has been chosen to represent awareness. I hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the rates of prostate cancer and breast cancer in the U.S.?

What are the rates of prostate cancer and breast cancer in the U.S.?

Cancer rates: The chance of developing an invasive breast cancer during a woman's lifetime is 1 in 8. The chance of developing prostate cancer is about 1 out of every 7 men. About 80% of men over 80 years hold have prostate cancer. ...Read more

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B feeding for 16 months and am down to 1xday. Been having weird sensation on rt breast lately now worried about breast cancer. Age 44, clear u/s?

B feeding  for 16 months and am down to 1xday. Been having weird sensation on rt breast lately now worried about breast cancer. Age 44, clear u/s?

Keep checking: The patient may sense, or feel something before we do! if ultrasound negative that is a good sign for no cysts or large mass. Some congestion and pressure can occur with weaning. Talk to your OB or lactation person. ...Read more

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How’s an aromatase inhibitor used for breast cancer?

How’s an aromatase inhibitor used for breast cancer?

Hormonal therapy: Aromatase inhibitors are a form of hormonal therapy for post menopausal patients. They are effective only in er+ cases. They block the conversion of other hormones to estrogen via the enzyme aromatase. In premenopausal patients they actually stimulate the ovaries to increase estrogen production. Hormonal therapy is systemic treatment, reduces local recurrence, and reduces risk of 2nd primaries. ...Read more

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I thought breast cancer also followed paternal lineage. My paternal grandmother and aunt, both died in 50's and my cousin is fighting a second occurrence (my age - 50's). I got myself checked, but breast center only asked about mom's side.

I thought breast cancer also followed paternal lineage. My paternal grandmother and aunt, both died in 50's and my cousin is fighting a second occurrence (my age - 50's). I got myself checked, but breast center only asked about mom's side.

True: Most inherited breast cancers are associated to mutations in the genes brca 1 and 2. These mutations can indeed come from your father's side. People with suspicious family history like yours should visit a professional with expertise in inherited cancers. Good for you for being aware of this. ...Read more

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How common is breast cancer?

How common is breast cancer?

Pretty common : Estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the United States in 2012: new cases: 226, 870 (female); 2, 190 (male) and 39, 510 (female); 410 (male) deaths. Lifetime risk is 1 to 8. Risk is higher with the increased of age. ...Read more

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How can breast cancer spread?

How can breast cancer spread?

3 ways: It spread through lymphatic organ ( lymph glands) , through blood circulation and direct invasion to the adjacent organ such as skin, chest wall etc. ...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