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It's it okay for me to take spironolactone if I have a family history of breast cancer? I know it affects hormone levels.

It's it okay for me to take spironolactone if I have a family history of breast cancer? I know it affects hormone levels.

Unknown: Great question! spironolactone increases free estrogen levels in the blood and decreases androgen effects, and in men can cause breast growth. There are no studies that have looked at this question. My best answer is that theoretically, it may increase your risk, as estrogen plays a role in breast cancer development. But if you need spironolactone, you should probably take it. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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


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Family history breast cancer, even Mom. 2 cousins got breast cancer but tested negative BRAC1/2. Should I get test. Cancer on both sides family?

Family history breast cancer, even Mom. 2 cousins got breast cancer but tested negative BRAC1/2. Should I get test. Cancer on both sides family?

Genetic counselor: You and your mom should meet with a genetic counselor. They will sit with you and discuss the family history and draw out a family tree to determine where the risk may be. Check with your local breast cancer center for a referral. ...Read more

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1st mammogram ever and abnormal, family history breast cancer. Single group amorphous microcalcs in left breast. US BIRAD 3 and now going for MRI. Biopsy?

1st mammogram ever and abnormal, family history breast cancer. Single group amorphous microcalcs in left breast. US BIRAD 3 and now going for MRI. Biopsy?

A grouping: of amorphous calcifications is probably not appropriate for BIRAD category 3(probably benign). Although they are still likely going to be benign, stereotactic needle biopsy may be more appropriate management, and BIRAD 4 a more appropriate category. Breast MRI is generally not that useful in the imaging work up of microcalcifications. ...Read more

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Family history of breast cancer. Should i get brca testing?

Family history of breast cancer. Should i get brca testing?

Depends: Many people have a distant relative who had breast cancer late in life and that is not an indication for brca testing. There are certain criteria like very young breast cancer, male breast cancer, triple negative breast cancer before age 60, and others. Visit your family doc or gyn to see if you need a referral to a genetics health professional for testing. ...Read more

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How common is breast cancer at 25 years of age with no family history?

How common is breast cancer at 25 years of age with no family history?

Rare: I have been doing surgery since 1972. In that time I have seen 2 patients under 30. If you have a breast issue see your doctor. ...Read more

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How common is breast cancer at 25 years of age, with no family history?

How common is breast cancer at 25 years of age, with no family history?

Uncommon: Less than 0.6% of breast cancers occur under the age of 30. But it does occur, with reported 11, 000 patients diagnosed with breat csncer under age 40 in the us in one year (of the 230, 000 total breast cancer patients). If you have a breast lump or concern see a doctor. ...Read more

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I am 24 I have no family history of breast cancer but can I be the first?

I am 24 I have no family history of breast cancer but can I be the first?

It is very unlikely: The incidence of breast cancer lifetime is 1 in 8 for someone with no risk factors. You could be the first in your family but you have a 7 out 8 chance of not being that"first". Breast cancer is very rare in your age group so i would advise not to worry. Monthly breast self exam with annual md breast exam is all you need. Mammography at age 40. ...Read more

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I have a high family history of breast cancer. Is maca root safe to take?

I have a high family history of breast cancer.  Is maca root safe to take?

It is safe: Maca, is a root that belongs to the radish family. , Its grown in the mountains of Peru, and has been called “Peruvian ginseng.” Maca’s is most commonly available in powder form and has recently been popularized as a supplement and food ingredient There are no serious known side effects and definitely have no estrogenic or hormone like side effects that can enhance breast Ca development. ...Read more

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Are soy products recommended for those with a family history of breast cancer?

Soy and cancer: There is no specific recommendations regarding nutritional supplements (ie, soy) and cancer. Remember that there is little to no control over safety or efficacy of nutritional supplements. ...Read more

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Could i get breast cancer at the age of 16, if I have no family history of it?

Could i get breast cancer at the age of 16, if I have no family history of it?

That would be: Extraordinarily unlikely. However, should you develop a breast lump - please seek medical evaluation. ...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


Family History (Definition)

A family history consists of information about disorders suffered by the relatives of a patient. The history can help the patient identify diseases that he or she may be susceptible to, and help the patient to ...Read more