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Dr. Charles Glassman
66 doctors shared insights

Preventing Breast Cancer (Overview)

Aside from following the recommended guidelines on mammogram screening, breast cancer prevention really starts with our lifestyle. Having a healthy diet, minimizing alcohol and smoking, exercising daily, and breastfeeding all have a role in lowering your risk of breast cancer.


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Are there any ways to prevent breast cancer?

Are there any ways to prevent breast cancer?

Weight: Studies have shown that overweight individuals have a higher risk of developing multiple types of cancers including breast. Maintaining a healthy body weight is one way to help prevent cancers. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Glassman
66 doctors shared insights

Preventing Breast Cancer (Overview)

Aside from following the recommended guidelines on mammogram screening, breast cancer prevention really starts with our lifestyle. Having a healthy diet, minimizing alcohol and smoking, exercising daily, and breastfeeding all have a role in lowering your risk of breast cancer.


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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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Preventing Breast Cancer (Tip)

Preventing Breast Cancer

Ask about genetic testing. Those with BRCA mutations have an 80% chance of developing breast cancer. ...See more

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Preventing Falls (Checklist)

Avoid throw rugs in the house
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Wear slippers with a non-skid sole
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Take a TaiChi or yoga class for seniors
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Work on flexibility, balance, and strength
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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

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Preventing Breast Cancer (Tip)

Preventing Breast Cancer

What are some healthy & natural ways i can reduce my risk for breast cancer? ...See more

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Preventing Rabies (Checklist)

Before any travel, inquire about any local rabies problems
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If bitten by an unknown/wild animal, follow-up with your doctor
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Consider rabies prophylaxis if there is a high risk as deemed by MD
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Can having your ovaries removed prevent breast cancer?

For High Risk Women: Having your ovaries removed is usually reserved for women with a significantly increased risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer due to an inherited mutation in the brca1 or brca2 gene — two genes linked to breast cancer, ovarian cancer and other cancers. High-risk women age 35 and older who have completed childbearing are the best candidates for this surgery. ...Read more

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Can having a baby or two help me prevent breast cancer?

Can having a baby or two help me prevent breast cancer?

Weigh the risks: Even if "having a baby or two" were to reduce your risk of breast cancer, there are risk associated with child bearing. You ought to consult your doctor to weigh the relative risks and benefits of your proposed actions. Some might argue that bringing babies into this world for "reducing" your risk of breast cancer is not ethical. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
1,337 doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Barry Rosen
4,224 doctors shared insights

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