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Doctor insights on: Prostate Cancer Vs Breast Cancer Statistics

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What are the statistics regarding the prevalence of prostate cancer and breast cancer?

What are the statistics regarding the prevalence of prostate cancer and breast cancer?

Associated: In the US one in 7 women at risk for breast cancer. When BRACA gene for hereditary disease not present most women will have evidence of the MMTV virus having entered the Wnt.1 gene lining mammary ducts to induce transformation. The same virus enters the prostate cells to transform them to malignancy so that men who are married to women with breast cancer have a higher incidence of prostate Ca. ...Read more

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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Prostate cancer vs breast cancer, which one is more dangerous?

Prostate cancer vs breast cancer, which one is more dangerous?

Very similar: Breast and prostate cancers are among the most treatable cancers. The risk of ever dying of cancer with either diagnosis is about one in four. ...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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What are some stats on the severity of prostate cancer and breast cancer?

What are some stats on the severity of prostate cancer and breast cancer?

The National: Cancer Institute keeps various statistics on breast, prostate, and other cancers, if that is what you are looking for. You can find the information at

http://seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/breast.html ...Read more

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Can you tell me about breast cancer verses prostate cancer?

Can you tell me about breast cancer verses prostate cancer?

Hmmm: They are cancers originating in two different organs. One is exclusive for men, the other almost always seen in women. Both may be cured if detected early and may kill if advanced. Interestingly, both types are often "fueled" by sex hormones (estrogen for breast and testosterone for prostate). ...Read more

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If negative for brca gene, yet father had prostate cancer, is his daughter still at risk for breast cancer? I heard they were linked.

Not elevated risk: In families who DO have a BRCA mutation, the breast and prostate cancers can be linked. However both are very common cancers, so they can be seen within families even if BRCA negative. The average lifetime risk of breast cancer for any given woman is 12.5%. You can do a search for the Gail Risk Model to get a little better idea of your own personal risk. ...Read more

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Are you able to examine your own prostate? And my nan has had breast cancer so should I get examined?

Are you able to examine your own prostate?  And my nan has had breast cancer so should I get examined?

No way: The prostate is far inside the anus. It can be hard even for a physician to examine. Don't even think of trying to examine it yourself. It would not mean anything to you even if you could reach it. ...Read more

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I have both prostate and breast cancer. Is it ok to take avadart for PC and Tamoxafin for BC at the same time?

I have both prostate and breast cancer. Is it ok to take avadart for PC and Tamoxafin for BC  at the same time?

Wish I could answer: but this is REALLY a question you should ask your oncologist, who hopefully is coordinating your care. Don't be afraid to ask. It is your life and a legitimate question. Assuming the same person has prescribed both, it is probably OK to take both. However, in general, medication doses should always be separated by at least an hour. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you please explain why breast cancer and female health are given more publicity and money than male and prostate?

Can you please explain why breast cancer and female health are given more publicity and money than male and prostate?

Women: Traditionally women have be much better at organizing around health care issues. Men are traditionally less likely to be as active. ...Read more

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Fam history uterine/colon/prostate/breast cancer on both mom/dad sides. All diagnosed before 50. Am I at an increased risk?

Fam history uterine/colon/prostate/breast cancer on both mom/dad sides. All diagnosed before 50. Am I at an increased risk?

May be: It would require a more detailed history about your family. It would be prudent to consult your doctor to see if you may need genetic testing and also discuss about starting cancer surveillance at an age 10 years younger than the earliest age of relevant cancer in your family.
Wish you good health!
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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My dad just overcame skin, prostate and kidney cancer. And my mom had breast cancer 3 times. And my cousin has brain cancer? How high is my risk?

My dad just overcame skin, prostate and kidney cancer. And my mom had breast cancer 3 times. And my cousin has brain cancer? How high is my risk?

Higher!: Kat13, your biggest risk is likely breast cancer. If your mom was diagnosed before she was 50, your risk is higher for breast cancer than it would be otherwise. There are some genetic cancer syndromes that increase risk for brain, kidney, and breast cancer. Ask your doctor to refer you to a genetic counselor who can investigate your family history further and guide you re: genetic testing. ...Read more

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As milk comes with lots of health risks, inc colon, breast & prostate cancer can a 11yr old get sufficient calcium without milk and how?

As milk comes with lots of health risks, inc colon, breast & prostate cancer can a 11yr old get sufficient calcium without milk and how?

Milk: I am not sure who instilled that information in your that milk carries the risks described. Cancer has been attributed to almost any product and exposure in the world but nothing has been proven. Pure milk is not common to be consumed in large quantities at the age of 11, but dairy products such as cottage cheese, buttermilk, butter, sour cream are commonly used and i see no harm in using them. ...Read more

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Please explain what are the most accurate and honest statistics of surviving stage 3 breast cancer?

Please explain what are the most accurate and honest statistics of surviving stage 3 breast cancer?

Don't get despaired: Stage iii over all survival of 72% is getting even better reaching 82% , with current advanced treatments , speak to your oncologist for all available treatments ...Read more

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What are the statistics of the brca/breast cancer gene?

What are the statistics of the brca/breast cancer gene?

Low incidence: Approximately 1 in 40 ashkenazi jewish women have a brca mutation. It also is seen in other isolated populations. A brca1 mutation can be inherited from a mother or father and is associated with up to a 80% lifetime risk of breast cancer and a 40 % risk of ovarian cancer
options include increased surveillance chemo prevention or risk reduction surgery. ...Read more

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What are the survival statistics for breast cancer invasive ductal carcinoma?

What are the survival statistics for breast cancer invasive ductal carcinoma?

It depends on many f: Most women with localized breast cancer do very well and there is high cure rate. Overall 75%-80% of breast cancers are curable. But you need to know what stage of cancer it is? You should also know what subtype(there are 3 different types) of breast cancer it is. Further there is the matter of what type of adjuvant therapy(post surgery treatment) was used. I'am sure your oncologist can answeryr. ...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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Is there anyone offering to give free breast cancer exams as a regular program, anywhere in the u.S.?

Is there anyone offering to give free breast cancer exams as a regular program, anywhere in the u.S.?

Am Cancer Society: Contact your local american cancer society office. They ususally support free screening mammograms at health fares, and other opportunities. Additionally, your local health department may advise you on free screening locations. ...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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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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Any odor with breast cancer?

Any odor with breast cancer?

Not typical: An odor would not be a typical symptom. ...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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How does breast cancer spread?

How does breast cancer spread?

3 Basic Ways: Breast cancer can spread in 3 basic ways - it can grow larger and larger, invading into the skin or muscle; it can invade into the blood vessels and then travel to other areas of the body (most commonly liver, lungs, bone and brain), and it can invade into the lymphatic vessels and travel to the lymph nodes under the arm and other areas of the body. ...Read more

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How can breast cancer develop?

How can breast cancer develop?

One mutant cell: One normal cell inside your breast mutates (becomes abnormal), and begins to grow. The normal "stop" signal that tell a cell to stop dividing doesn't work, so the cells keep dividing. One cell becomes two, two become four, four become eight, etc. It takes millions of cancer cells to form a tumor you can feel. ...Read more

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How does breast cancer develop?

One mutant cell: One normal cell inside your breast mutates (becomes abnormal), and begins to grow. The normal "stop" signal that tell a cell to stop dividing doesn't work, so the cells keep dividing. One cell becomes two, two become four, four become eight, etc. It takes millions of cancer cells to form a tumor you can feel. ...Read more

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Whom does breast cancer affect?

Whom does breast cancer affect?

One-In-Eight Women: A common misconception is that women without a family history need not worry about breast cancer. In truth, most breast cancers occur in women with no risk factors. Furthermore, the incidence increases with age. Every woman needs to have regular screening mammograms beginning at age 40. ...Read more

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Why don't men get breast cancer?

Why don't men get breast cancer?

They do: Male breast cancer exists, but is only 1% of breast ca. Females develop breast tissue in response to hormones at levels that men don't achieve. If men take certain hormone medications, their breast tissue can grow. Breast cancer cells can be estrogen sensitive, so genetic males taking estrogen or with liver dz may be at increased risk. Brca gene can also increase risk, as in females. ...Read more

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Does estradi case breast cancer?

Does estradi case breast cancer?

Possibly: Estrogen receptor type of cancer incidence fell after scientific studies
linking estrogen use with increased risk of breast cancer caused many women to discontinue their use, but other studies gave less convincing conclusions. ...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