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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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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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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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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?

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

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I have a family history of breast cancer and now I notice sharp pain in right breast?

I have a family history of breast cancer and now I notice sharp pain in right breast?

Common: Be reassured that most breast pain is not cancer and most breast cancers are not painful so it is unlikely that your pain is from breast cancer. However, it is always a good idea to have your doctor check you out for these symptoms. ...Read more

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At what age should I start getting mammogram with a close family history of breast cancer?

At what age should I start getting mammogram with a close family history of breast cancer?

10yrs earlier...: ...Than the age of diagnosis of any close relative with breast cancer, or at age 40 (whichever age is lower). As an aside, you may want to clarify with a breast doctor just how high your risk is for breast cancer. Most cases of breast ca are environmental, not hereditary. People have a tendency to assume more risk than may actually be present. ...Read more

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I have a family history of breast cancer and would like to know when my mammograms should start?

I have a family history of breast cancer and would like to know when my mammograms should start?

Earlier than 40: It depends- how strong a family history, if other family members have been tested positive for the brca 1 or 2 gene mutations help guide when screening mammograms should start, or for considering genetic counseling. ...Read more

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I am 62, years old, if I do not have a family history of breast cancer, why do I have to have a mammogram every year?

I am 62, years old, if I do not have a family history of breast cancer, why do I have to have a mammogram every year?

Preventative: Yearly screening mammogram testing is recommended to watch for any early changes or concerns, as it is much better to find something early and small rather than wait until something may be found large and advanced or spreading. Part of a yearly physical examination may be blood testing and mammogram, and having normal findings is good. I am glad for you, and it is great for you to have good news. ...Read more

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I'm a 32 year old healthy female and there is no family history of breast cancer. What are my chances of developing breast cancer?

I'm a 32 year old healthy female and there is no family history of breast cancer. What are my chances of developing breast cancer?

Depends: Overall the lifetime risk of a women developing breast cancer is about 12%. Whether your personal risk is higher or lower than that depends on other factors such as age at onset of menstruation, age when first child was born, history of breast biopsies and ethnicity. ...Read more

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Paternal grandfather had breast cancer in his 70s. no other immediate family history. I'm a 30 y/o woman, am I at greater risk? When to get 1st mammo?

Paternal grandfather had breast cancer in his 70s. no other immediate family history. I'm a 30 y/o woman, am I at greater risk? When to get 1st mammo?

Not greater risk: Unless familial history with BRACA gene, 95% of breast cancers are environmentally related, usually with virus exposure to the MMTV virus. At age 30 physical breast exam monthly most important. Mammo not good choice since breast tissue at your age sensitive to RT and too dense to reveal most lesions. One mammo at 35 and if normal next ones begin yearly starting at age 40 ...Read more

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Is my family history relevant to my breast cancer diagnosis?

Is my family history relevant to my breast cancer diagnosis?

YES YES YES: Especially first degree relatives with breast cancer such as one mother or sisters (or father or brothers for that matter). If one of these family members were diagnosed under age 50, that's also and important fact. Consider genetic counseling. ...Read more

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What can I expect if I have a family history of breast cancer?

What can I expect if I have a family history of breast cancer?

It depends: The risk of breast cancer depends on multiple variables like family history, age, genetics (brca gene), environment (cigarettes, alcohol), diet, etc. Please see this link, and then you should discuss this with your doctor. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/breast-cancer/ds00328/dsection=risk-factors. ...Read more

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There is a family history of breast cancer. Should I be worried?

There is a family history of breast cancer. Should I be worried?

Depends on age: In order to answer this question, we need to know the age at diagnosis of the relative (s) and how this person is related to you. You can seek out a breast center or breast specialist who can do a risk assessment and follow you in a high risk program. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if I have a family history of breast cancer?

Should I be concerned if I have a family history of breast cancer?

Maybe: First degree relatives (mother, sister, daughter) of patients with breast cancer are at increased risk for developing cancer. More distant relatives have a risk similar to that of us population. ...Read more

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How likely can you get breast cancer if you have a family history?

How likely can you get breast cancer if you have a family history?

Varies: Mutated brca1 and brca2 if inherited give you a very high lifetime chance for getting breast cancer, especially if you are a woman, but also applies to men. Beyond this, having a relative who's had it increases the risk somewhat, the more relatives and the closer the relationships the greater, but it's not striking. Simply keep up the usual watch for the disease and when caught early, cure's usual. ...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