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Doctor insights on: Preventing 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. 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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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 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 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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What are the current mammogram recommendations to prevent breast cancer?

What are the current mammogram recommendations to prevent  breast cancer?

Variable: Most us radiographic and oncologic groups recommend annual screening beginning at age 40. (continuing as long as life expectancy exceeds 10 years.) european groups point out the lower likelihood of breast cancer in young women and the higher false positive rate and recommend later, and less frequent screenings. Obviously - a strong family history may change your personal recommendation. ...Read more

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Preventing Diabetes (Checklist)

Limit your sugar and carbohydrate intake
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Exercise regularly
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Watch your weight
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Can you eat food to prevent cancer? What types of foods can I eat to prevent breast cancer?

Can you eat food to prevent cancer? What types of foods can I eat to prevent breast cancer?

Unclear: There is not clear evidence that certain foods prevent cancer (despite several claims) however not eating certain foods will decrease your cancer rate! obesity is linked with increased cancer rates. ...Read more

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How can I prevent breast cancer?

How can I prevent breast cancer?

CHEMOPREVENTION : Women at high risk for breast cancer may reduce their cancer risk by as much as 50% by taking tamoxifen or Raloxifene for 5 years. These drugs are not without side effects or risks; consult with a breast surgeon or a medical oncologist to learn the pro's and con's. ...Read more

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Preventing Pregnancy (Checklist)

Take birth control pills at the same time each day as directed
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Associate taking the pills with a common activity done daily
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Be aware of medication that could interfere with birth control
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Use barrier protection to prevent STDs
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How do you prevent breast cancer?

How do you prevent breast cancer?

You can't: Generally we think a healthy lifestyle, avoiding known hazards (smoking, excessive alcholol, etc) , getting excercise, appropriate weight etc can be beneficial to overall health. No magic strategy to prevent breast cancer. Most docs in practice still believe screening mammography is indicated at 40, as death rates have plummeted with early detection and treatment. ...Read more

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How can you prevent breast cancer?

How can you prevent breast cancer?

Healthy weight: We are not able to control most risk factors for breast cancer, such as being female, aging, and family history. We can control our weight, as obesity is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. In addition we can perform routine screening. Early detection leads to the best chance of a cure. Limit your alcohol intake, have babies, breast feed, and increase your physical activity. ...Read more

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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Get plenty of sleep
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Avoid contact with sick people
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Avoid touching your face before washing your hands
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How can you prevent breast cancer?

How can you prevent breast cancer?

Weight and smoking: There are many known and unknown factors for the risk of breast cancer - these include genetic factors, gender, age, age when menstrual cycles started, history of radiation exposure to the chest area. These factors cannot be modified. So the risk factors that you can modify are: being overweight, excessive use of alcohol, and smoking. Most importantly, do breast exams and get your mammogram. ...Read more

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How can you prevent breast cancer from happening?

How can you prevent breast cancer from happening?

You can't: The biggest risk is being female and getting older. Other risk factors include having babies after 30, not having any babies at all, menopause at a later age, or hormone replacement therapy. Less than10% of people who develop breast cancer have an inherited gene, called the brca gene. Get your mammograms yearly to detect it early when cure is highest. Exercise, and stay at your ideal weight. ...Read more

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Preventing Altitude Sickness (Checklist)

Drink water regularly
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Rest at new altitude to acclimate your body
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Talk to your doctor about meds to prevent altitude sickness
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Can having your breasts removed prevent breast cancer?

It can.....: But I do not recommend it in the absence of a really good reason such as positive brca genes. :). ...Read more

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Can a healthy diet help prevent breast cancer?

Can a healthy diet help prevent breast cancer?

Yes, partly: You can't completely prevent breast cancer with diet alone. However, a diet low in animal fat, low in alcohol (less than 4 drinks per week), and low in total calories will decrease your risk of breast cancer. Fat cells make estrogen, so if you are overweight, decreasing your weight and exercising regularly has been proven to decrease your risk! ...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


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