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Prolactin Lead Breast Cancer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prolactin: Elevated prolactin levels have been linked to an increase in breast cancer risk, however most women who are not breastfeeding but are producing milk go to the doctor with this complaint leading to dignostic workup and treatment. The risk will be mitigated by the treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unknown??: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. And can not be proven SAFE. Be careful save ur $$$ see : http://nccam.Nih.Gov ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very low Risk: With due respect. The landmark study, whi, is called into question in so many ways. The nih spent millions to answer very little. As an re, i feel there are many facets to HRT and a careful and comprehensive evaluation of the literature supports a very minimal at best increase in breast cancer and the evidence points to the progestin component only (provera). Consultation warranted. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
No.: Fibrocystic changes, in the truest sense, can only be diagnosed under the microscope after breast biopsy; the only changes associated with increased cancer risk are those with atypia. "fibrocystic disease" has become a catch-all term to describe "lumpy-bumpy" breast tissue, and is an almost-universal phenomenon in any woman who has been seen by a doctor for breast evaluation. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Genetics: Familial tendency, obesity, hormone use, having few or no pregnancies, not breastfeeding, lack of exercise, alcohol use are among the more common risk factors for development of breast cancer. The lifetime incidence is about 1 in 12, so i recommend monthly self breast exams, annual clinical breast exams, and mammograms beginning at age 40, as a screening strategy. Antiperspirants are safe. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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