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What Causes Breast Calcifications
See below: Breast lumps may be cysts (small bags of fluid) or tumor or normal breast tissues. Microcalcifications can be benign or malignant. Benign calcifications may be from fibrocystic changes. Malignant calcifications typically come from tissues produced cancerous breast ducts. ...Read more
Many things: "lumps" can be normal areas of asymmetrically dense breast tissue, fluid filled cysts, benign solid masses, or malignancy. Any new lump drawing attention or concern particularly if it persists or enlarges over a short period of time should be appropriately evaluated by a physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be hereditary: Painful breast swelling and lumpiness in the breasts, worse around the menstrual cycle, is a common feeling from fibrocystic breasts. Dense mammogram findings and cysts can be seen on breast ultrasound. Hereditary factors may cause some women to have more fibrocystic problems than others. Some sites say that this condition affects more than half of women. It resolves with menopause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Breast Cancer in Men: A few are caused by exposure to radiation. An inherited mutation in the tumor suppressor gene brca2 is associated with a very high risk, but most male breast cancers are estrogen driven just like they are in women. There are several reasons why a man might have high estrogen levels including obesity, medications, and liver disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Skin Bacteria: Breast abscesses usually arise from normal skin bacteria traveling thru the nipple ducts & multiplying under the skin. This is most common in women who are breast feeding due to nipple trauma. When it occurs unrelated to lactation, we need to include breast cancer as a possible cause & do the appropriate tests. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Benign and malignant: There are both benign and malignant causes of breast lumps. Lumpy breast tissue associated with benign fibrocystic change is a common finding and is often tender and symmetric fibroadenomas are common benign breast lumps that are seen in young women breast cancer presenting as a mass is a later sign if you have a breast lump please see your doctor for an exam. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See a doctor: Male breast enlargement is called gynecomastia and can be common in men. It is seen at puberty but can also be seen in grown men who are overweight (the man boob) or due to medications. Male breast cancer usually occurs on 1 side and is firm. I recommend getting evaluated by your family doctor who can refer you to a surgeon for complete evaluation. ...Read more
In one word unknown : Ductal carcinoma in situ dcis is simply the sleeping cancer cells inside the breast ducts, like a garden hose loaded with cancer cells safe if they are inside the duct , once they are out side then is invasive cancer, ready to spread, cause is unknown at this time, from genetic mutations, braca i & ii age, hormonal uses.Environment , late age pregnancy life style etc are all attributed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Variable: If there are no issues with the breast such as a fibrocystic nodularity, breast tenderness is usually a response to increasing estrogen levels. Women in their forties tend to be relatively Progesterone deficient, leading to imbalance between estrogen & Progesterone especially late in the menstrual cycle. This produces an estrogen dominant effect which may cause breast tenderness. ...Read more
No cancer vs. cancer: Benign is non-cancerous and this breast lump can be observed or left alone. Malignant is cancerous and needs surgical excision of the cancer and consideration of medical oncology and radiation oncology treatments. There are many types of benign breast lumps, and several types of breast cancers. ...Read more
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Fibrocystic breasts : Fibrocystic breast disease is characterized by lumpiness and usually discomfort in both breasts. The lumpiness is due to small breast masses or breast cysts. The condition is very common and is benign. These lumps/ cysts are often periodically affected by the hormonal changes of the menstrual cycle. ...Read more
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