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Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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What kind of impact does stress have on breast cancer?

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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What kind of impact does stress have on breast cancer?

Stress and cancer: No strong evidence that stress causes any cancer. However , those who attempt to manage their stress with risky behaviors such as smoking or drinking alcohol- can increase the risk to have cancer related to their behavior. Also, from experimental studies- it's suggested that stress can affect a tumor’s ability to grow and spread. Emotional and social support can help cope with psychological stress. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Thinking of getting on birth control, but read it might increase the risk of cancer. History of breast cancer in family, what should I do, what's safe?

Thinking of getting on birth control, but read it might increase the risk of cancer. History of breast cancer in family, what should I do, what's safe?

Risks worth it: The oral contraceptive pill greatly decreases your risk for ovarian cancer, and it is not a risk factor for breast cancer (it may perhaps protect). There are non-cancer risks but your physician can help you weigh these depending on your other life factors. I trust you are not a smoker. ...Read more

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Does the type of surgery affect whether breast cancer can come back?

Does the type of surgery affect whether breast cancer can come back?

No and Yes: With proper selection and an experienced surgeon - the survival rate is the same for lumpectomy (+ radiation) and a mastectomy. But even in the best hands, about 5-10% of women will have a recurrence in their breast after lumpectomy and radiation. (more common with larger tumors, younger women, and positive lymph nodes). Most of those women can be potentailly cured with mastectomy. ...Read more

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For a teenager what things can increase my chances of getting cancer? My family has no background of it.

For a teenager what things can increase my chances of getting cancer? My family has no background of it.

Many things: Many things. Smoking , unprotected sexual activity with risk of sti such as hpv, poor diet are just a few things that may lead to cancer.There are reasons why we preach no smoking and immunizations. ...Read more

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How will I know what does a stress test consist of and what sre the risks of having the test?

How will I know what does a stress test consist of and what sre the risks of having the test?

Depends: Depends on the type of stress test you are having. There are exercise ecg's where you exercise on treadmill and you heart rate is constantly monitored, then tere are exercise nuclear and exercise echocardiograms where you exercise and pictures of your heart are taken before and after exercise, then there ate pharmacological test which pharmacological agents r used to simulate exercise. ...Read more

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If a male's mother had breast cancer, does this increase his risk of getting any type of cancer?

If a male's mother had breast cancer, does this increase his risk of getting any type of cancer?

Breast cancer : It could. They should be evaluated. I know brothers who are brca positive. Because they have a genetic predisposition they are at increased risk. An oncology physician can provide appropriate consultations and referral for genetic testing if needed. ...Read more

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Do fibrocystic breast disease and ovarian estrogen have any kind of relation to each other?

Do fibrocystic breast disease and ovarian estrogen have any kind of relation to each other?

Yes: Estrogen levels can cause the fibrocystic changes to be more active which causes increased lumpiness and breast pain. ...Read more

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Can l know the symptoms of breast cancer and what is the healthy life style not to suffer from cancer?PS:l have family history of breast cancer.

Can l know the symptoms of breast cancer and what is the healthy life style not to suffer from cancer?PS:l have family history of breast cancer.

Painless mass: Any dominant lump in your breast needs to be seen without delay. I suggest you begin checking now, at the same time each month. Nothing you can do will prevent your developing breast cancer, though the rates are lower in women who have spent most of their reproductive lives pregnant and/or nursing. With your family history, you may start getting mammograms earlier. ...Read more

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What kind of side effect can have a breast pump? I don't wanna end up with breast cancer

What kind of side effect can have a breast pump? I don't wanna end up with breast cancer

No breast cancer: Pumping milk from your breasts will not cause breast cancer. Use of a pump is not extremely pleasant but does solve problems. Be sure to wash all parts in very hot water so that the milk is not contaminated. Enjoy your baby and being a mom. ...Read more

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How can I reduce the risks of getting breast cancer when I have a family history of it?

How can I reduce the risks of getting breast cancer when I have a family history of it?

Quit smoking: Hello - smoking increases your risk of breast cancer (and many others). Alcohol (more than one drink per day) does as well. Regular excercise helps reduce your risk. Do a monthly self-breast exam after your period to check for new lumps. Discuss testing for a breast cancer gene with your doctor especially if many family members were affected or any of them were very young. ...Read more

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What kind of new bump on a 35yr woman's breast can cause pain?

What kind of new bump on a 35yr woman's breast can cause pain?

Huge range: Possibilities range from trivial (infected hair follicle) to dreadful (cancer). You'll need an exam to know for sure. ...Read more

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What are the sure signs and symptoms of a breast cancer ? On what age does it occur ?

What are the sure signs and symptoms of a breast cancer ? On what age does it occur ?

Dominant mass: If not found very early on mammography, a breast cancer usually announces itself as a painful mass in the breast. They are rare in women before age 30. A majority of breast lumps are benign but the lab usually needs to make the final call on tissue. They are much less common in men but do occur; a lump under one or both of a man's nipples is usually gynecomastia, which is benign. ...Read more

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What kind of cancer does HPV cause in men?

What kind of cancer does HPV cause in men?

It can cause a few: HPV is most known for cervical cancer in women, but obviously this is not an issue. It is becoming well established that it is a major cause of cancer of the head and neck, particularly squamous cell cancer of the oropharynx. The other cancer it causes that is becoming much more common is anal cancer. It can also cause penile cancer, but is less commonly seen in this setting. ...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


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