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Breast cancer prevention?

Breast cancer prevention?

5 steps: 1. Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity increases your risk of breast cancer 2. Have babies and breast feed. These decrease your risk 3. Limit hormone therapy after menopause. 4. Decrease alcohol intake 5. Exercise - women who have regular physical exercise have a decreased risk of 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


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Does tamoxifen help prevent breast cancer?

Does tamoxifen help prevent breast cancer?

And new primaries: Tamoxifen blocks estrogen and Progesterone receptors which when stimulated can cause remnant cancer cells to be stimulated to grow back and also can cause normal cells to be overstimulated to develop into new hormonally sensitive cancer. Statistically it reduces the chance of recurrence by 30% and reduces the chance of a second primary by 50%. ...Read more

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Is breast cancer preventable?

Is breast cancer preventable?

Partly: You can lower the odds of developing breast cancer by limiting alcohol intake to no more than a drink or 2 per day (and mostly red wine), exercising regularly, and keeping your weight under control. ...Read more

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How to prevent hereditary breast cancer?

How to prevent hereditary breast cancer?

See below: Keep current on mammography. Stop smoking, maintain an ideal body weight. Depending on how strong your family history is, and if you have a proven genetic mutation, you could be a candidate for prophylactic mastectomy, with or without removal of the ovaries. Visit with a medical oncologist to find out your options. ...Read more

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Can thyroid cancer increase breast cancer risk?

Can thyroid cancer increase breast cancer risk?

Not usually: There are some families who have increased rates of a variety of cancers, including papillary thyroid cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer. But having one does not cause an risk for another; instead inherited genes put a person at increased risk for both. A person with a history of thyroid cancer should be sure to get recommended mammograms and colon tests. ...Read more

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Does breast cancer increase colon cancer risk?

Does breast cancer increase colon cancer risk?

Rarely.: Some hereditary mutations may increase the risk of both breast and colon cancer. Nevertheless, the majority of all breast and colon cancers are not hereditary. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer be prevented?

Can breast cancer be prevented?

Yes with surgery: Mastectomy of both breasts will be recommended to prevent the development of breast cancer in patients who carry genetic abnormality such as brca 1 or 2 as this genetic abnormality will increase their risk to have breast cancer and ovarian cancer significantly. Tamoxifen is given to patients with high risk feature like precancerous /in situ to reduce risk for recurrence of in situ or cancer. ...Read more

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Does natural progesterone prevent breast cancer?

Does natural progesterone prevent breast cancer?

No: There is no evidence Progesterone of any type prevents breast cancer, "natural" Progesterone or not. If a woman has menses that only occur a few times a year, six or four or fewer, however, Progesterone or progesterone-like compounds can very definitely prevent endometrial hyperplasia (which can lead to uterine cancer), and should be used regularly to oppose continuous estrogen stimulation. ...Read more

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Will getting breast implants reduce the risk of breast cancer?

Will getting breast implants reduce the risk of breast cancer?

Not a major concern: There has never been shown to be a causal relationship between implants and breast cancer. In fact statistics show a lower incidence but this may be due to other factors. Breast implants may delay or interfere with the diagnosis of breast cancer but survival rates are not effected. A higher risk of an atypical lymphoma has been documented but is extremely rare. Sbe & special mammos are the rule! ...Read more

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What distinguishes inflammatory breast cancer from invasive breast cancer?

What distinguishes inflammatory breast cancer from invasive breast cancer?

Inflammatory breast: Cancer is a subtype of invasive breast cancer that involves the skin. It causes the skin to appear inflamed. ...Read more

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Does breast bondage causing breast cancer?

Does breast bondage causing breast cancer?

No.: Breast bondage does not cause breast cancer and almost certainly has no effect on raising the risk of breast cancer. ...Read more

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Can fibrocystic breast disease lead to breast cancer?

Can fibrocystic breast disease lead to breast cancer?

No, but...: All women at some time have some of the changes we used to call "fibrocystic disease". Fibrosis and cysts pose no risk. If a woman has sclerosing adenosis or one of the atypical epithelial hyperplasias, her risk for a subsequent breast cancer is somewhat increased. I'd urge old-fashioned self-exam at the same time each month for all women, with biopsy of any dominant mass. ...Read more

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Silicone breast implants can couse breast cancer?

Silicone breast implants can couse breast cancer?

No but.....: There is no direct link but there are concerns with the potential for implants to interfere with the detection of cancer. Particularly using mammograms. Special views (eklund) must be obtained. Alhtough there may be a delay in diagnosis, there has not been shown to be any effect on survival. With mri, surveillance is improved and may supplant mammography. As stated, alcl may be increased but rare. ...Read more

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Do the breast enhancement pills "breast actives" cause breast cancer or uterus cancer?

Do the breast enhancement pills "breast actives" cause breast cancer or uterus cancer?

Unknown: Breast enhancement pills are not regulated and therefore may have various unknown substances in them. Some of those substances, especially if they include estrogen, may increase risk of cancers. ...Read more

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Do fibrocystic breast changes increase my risk of breast cancer?

Do fibrocystic breast changes increase my risk of breast cancer?

No, fibrocystic breast changes don't increase your risk of breast cancer: Fibrocystic breast changes are common. Women with this noncancerous (benign) condition often have lumpy, nodular breasts and experience breast pain that varies throughout the menstrual cycle. Doctors don't know exactly what causes fibrocystic breast changes, but the condition is likely due to hormone changes during your menstrual cycle that affect breast tissue. Although fibrocystic breast changes don't increase your risk of breast cancer, having fibrocystic breasts may make it more difficult for you to feel a new breast lump or other abnormal change — such as a persistent breast lump that doesn't go away with your next menstrual cycle or thickening or firmness within lumpy breast tissue. It's important to become familiar with how your breasts normally feel so that you'll know when something just isn't right. If you detect something unusual, make an appointment with your doctor to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Are breast cancer and colon cancer linked?

Are breast cancer and colon cancer linked?

Not directly usually: There is debate about how closely these 2 cancers are related. Both have hereditary natures and are more common generally in obese patients. Both often begin with more benign precursor lesions like dcis for breast cancer and benign polyps for colon cancer. Both are very common but there is little evidence that having either predisposes to having the other. ...Read more

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Is flaxseed thought to prevent breast cancer?

Is flaxseed thought to prevent breast cancer?

No: Only moderate amounts of ground flaxseeds, up to two to three tablespoons per day at most, should be eaten. Flaxseed contains some phytoestrogens which likely don't encourage cancer or affect hormone positive breast cancers, but, as with many vitamins/minerals, it's nearly always best to get majority of nutrition from diet. ...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