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Would a breast cancer tumor grow within days?

Would a breast cancer tumor grow within days?

Not in the : Traditional sense, in that the cells don't divide that rapidly. But sometimes, you can get bleeding into a cancerous area, which might make it appear bigger because of the hemorrhage. Best to have any breast lump checked out by a doctor. ...Read more

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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Do breast cancer tumor hurts?

Do breast cancer tumor hurts?

Not usually...: But there are always exceptions to any rule. Breast cancers can present as a mass, or with nipple discharge, or skin dimpling etc. The only way to know for sure and get some peace of mind is to see your doctor for an evaluation. May need mammogram, ultrasound, MRI and/or a biopsy for a definite determination. Unless you have a strong family history, odds are low you're dealing with a cancer. ...Read more

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How do breast cancer and a tumor differ?

How do breast cancer and a tumor differ?

Malignant vs benign: Cancers are malignant. Tumors can be a benign non-cancerous growth, or can be malignant cancerous growths. ...Read more

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What is done for breast cancer with small tumors?

What is done for breast cancer with small tumors?

Credible information: Start here for overview of breast cancer and treatment. This is a noncommercial site that might be updated. Best wishes. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001911/. ...Read more

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What is the difference between breast cancer and a tumor?

What is the difference between breast cancer and a tumor?

Definitions: A tumor is a general term for a lump or mass in any location in the body. It can be cancerous or noncancerous. Breast cancer refers to malignant cells found in the breast. There are many benign/noncancerous tumors that can be found in the breast. Usually a needle biopsy is performed to determin if cancer is present. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have breast cancer if i don't have a tumor?

Is it possible to have breast cancer if i don't have a tumor?

Yes: The tumor could be seen as calcifications seen on mammgrams, or could be like early pget's disease. ...Read more

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Are tumors in your breast always associated with breast cancer?

No: No there are other types of tumors and they are not necessarily malignant, but always need to be checked. ...Read more

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What are some triple negative breast cancer tumors slow growing tumors?

What are some triple negative breast cancer tumors slow growing tumors?

More aggressive: Since triple negative breast cancer cells have no hormone receptors on them, the cancer treatments that attack the cancer through those receptors do not work. Triple negative breast cancer tends to more aggressive, higher grade and with a lower 5 year survival. See this link: http://www.Breastcancer.Org/symptoms/diagnosis/trip_neg/behavior. ...Read more

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Supposing you have a tumor on your breast. Does it mean you have breast cancer?

Supposing you have a tumor on your breast. Does it mean you have breast cancer?

No: Definition of tumor is a lump. Most breast lumps are not cancer but they should be evaluated properly, especially in they are changing. If you have any doubt about a breast lump, see your doc please. ...Read more

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Does having triple negative breast cancer tumors mean that they are slow growing tumors?

Does having triple negative breast cancer tumors mean that they are slow growing tumors?

The opposite is true: Triple-negative breast cancer is defined by absent expression of the estrogen receptor [er], Progesterone receptor [pr], and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (her2). These cancers tend to behave more aggressively (grow faster) than other types of breast cancer. ...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


Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more