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What kind of impact does stress have on breast cancer?

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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Is triple negative type breast cancer hereditary? Or can it be caused by stress and overweight?

Is triple negative type breast cancer hereditary? Or can it be caused by stress and overweight?

Maybe: The majority of brca1 positive patients that get breast cancer have triple negative breast cancer. Overweight patients may have tougher time breathing but a chest xray or other imaging for stating may be indicated for treatment of triple negative disease. There are many clinical trials available for this disease and they usually include a thorough staging workup. ...Read more

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Can stress cause breast cancer?

Can stress cause breast cancer?

Stress/Cancer: No direct correlation, although stress can alter the immune system function in the long run. ...Read more

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Does stress increase my likelihood of developing breast cancer?

Does stress increase my likelihood of developing breast cancer?

Stress: Stress is a negative immunomodulator meaning it decreases the effectiveness of the immune system which slows healing and immune response among other things. There are some who believe it can contribute to worse outcomes in any disease and maybe increase the risk of disease. You will be healthier overall if you learn stress reduction techniques [yoga, meditation, etc]. ...Read more

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Is dcis breast cancer be caused by stress?

Is dcis breast cancer be caused by stress?

No: The risk factors for dcis are the same as breast cancer; age, family history, estrogen exposure, etc. There is no evidence that stress increases that risk. ...Read more

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Can dcis breast cancer be caused by stress?

Can dcis breast cancer be caused by stress?

Unknown: It is very difficult if not impossible to attribute one factor alone as a cause of breast cancer. A recent study looked at stress levels in breast cancer patients and found the stress scores higher in those with more aggressive cancers, but it's hard to know whether the stress caused the aggressive form or if the aggressive cancer caused more stress. Regardless, stress, obviously, is never good. ...Read more

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My mom has stage 3 breast cancer im 31 and have never had a mammogram and I don't have insurance how can I get checked out with out paying a lot im very stressed out about it . Does anyone know a place to go in denver?

My mom has stage 3 breast cancer im 31 and have never had a mammogram and I don't have insurance how can I get checked out with out paying a lot im very stressed out about it . Does anyone know a place to go in denver?

Health dept: The natl breast & cervical cancer program is offered in all 50 states. You may need to check with your local (county) or city health deptment for information. Check with mammogram centers in your area, who are usually funded by komen or avon to provide free screenings. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/. ...Read more

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I've been going through testing to see if I have breast cancer and I've been really stressed and just got over the flu. Could this cause a late period?

I've been going through testing to see if I have breast cancer and I've been really stressed and just got over the flu. Could this cause a late period?

Yes, stress can: Menses can be delayed if you are going through an intense period of stress. But the delay is no more than a few days. So if you do not have menses over a period longer than 2-3 weeks, you should seek consultation with a gynecologist to find the cause. ...Read more

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Can i work as a firefighter while taking Xanax my wife has stage 4 breast cancer and the stress was giving me anxiety. I was prescribe .05 mg Xanax 2x per day i feel it has helped me. However i don't know how my employer will feel about it

Can i work as a firefighter while taking Xanax my wife has stage 4 breast cancer and the stress was giving me anxiety. I was prescribe .05 mg Xanax 2x per day  i feel it has helped me. However i don't know how my employer will feel about it

Hello. : Hello. I do not know that answer to that question. Here is the problem, a medication like xanax (alprazolam) is mood altering. It can make you sedated or slow your reaction times. This could make you less responsive and less effective as a fire fighter. You are in a high risk profession, so you need to be fully aware and awake. If you were a diver or a pilot in the military, being on this type of mediation (benzodiazapine) would render you unsuitable for the job. My guess would be that there are guidelines for health restrictions in your area. The most responsible thing to do is to talk to your employer about it. I am very sorry about your wife's illness. Take care. ...Read more

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Breast cancer begins in what kind of tissue?

Breast cancer begins in what kind of tissue?

Breast ducts: Breast cancer usually begins in cells that line the ducts of the breast. This is ductal carcinoma, which is about 80% of breast cancers. Sometimes cancer starts in the breast lobules where milk is made. This is lobular breast cancer, which is about 15% of breast cancers. There are other subtypes of breast cancer that make up the rest. ...Read more

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What kind of food I should avoid while i'm ill with breast cancer?

No specific: Foods to eat or to avoid. Eat healthy, more fruits & vegetables, less processed junk food. Maintain a healthy weight & be more active. Use vitamin or protein dietary supplements if unable to eat well. ...Read more

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I am curious, what kind of tests should be done to detect breast cancer at age 20?

I am curious, what kind of tests should be done to detect breast cancer at age 20?

If there is: No palpable mass, diagnostic tests are mammogram, ultrasound, and mri. If there is a mass, a needle or open biopsy will tell for sure in addition to above tests. ...Read more

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What kind of diet should I eat before participating in a 39-mile avon walk for breast cancer?

Normal: Conditioning is far more important before doing something this strenuous than changing of the diet. Many who attempt this 2 day exercise are ill-prepared for the stress on the feet, leg muscles and the heart. Be sure to build endurance, and maintain a healthy diet before attempting this. ...Read more

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What type of breast cancer do I have?

What type of breast cancer do I have?

Pathology: Although the two most common types of invasive breast cancer are "ductal" and "lobular", there are many less common varieties. However, the most important features are not necessarily the type of breast cancer, but the size, lymph node status, presence/absence of metastatic disease and hormonal/her-2 status of the tumor. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what type of breast cancer could this be?

You haven't included: Information about your symptoms. You can clarify and re-ask question. However, if you do have breast cancer - the only reliable course of action is to dialog with your doctor (s). ...Read more

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Is a fibroadenoma a type of breast cancer?

Is a fibroadenoma a type of breast cancer?

No: Fibroadenomas are the most common benign tumors of the breast. They are often estrogen sensitive and are prone to grow in estrogen-rich environments. Accordingly, it is not uncomon for these to develop after puberty, pregnancy, or following the use of birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy. If a biopsy has been performed to establish the diagnosis, they do not need to be removed. ...Read more

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What's my chance of surviving breast cancer with each type of surgery?

What's my chance of surviving breast cancer with each type of surgery?

It depends: In general, survival from breast cancer depends on a multitude of other factors not just the type of surgery. However, if all other things are the same, the type of surgery does not seem to matter much. Studies have proven that a mastectomy (complete removal of the breast) achieves equivalent cancer outcomes to a lumpectomy plus radiation (removal of just the cancer followed by radiation). ...Read more

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What is the most effective breast imaging method? I have had breast cancer in the past. What is the most reliable imaging method for follow up check ups? I'm concerned that something might show up in one type of test, but not another.

What is the most effective breast imaging method? I have had breast cancer in the past. What is the most reliable imaging method for follow up check ups? I'm concerned that something might show up in one type of test, but not another.

A : A diagnostic mammogram is generally the recommended imaging modality for follow-up in a patient with prior breast cancer. No screening exam is perfect when it comes to detecting recurrent breast cancer, but mammography is generally considered the most sensitive test. Eventually MRI could replace mammography in this role, but breast MRI has multiple limitations which prevent it from being the screening exam of choice at this time. First, it is extremely extensive and having a breast MRI every 6 to 12 months is usually not economically feasible for the patient. Second, the technology is relatively new and most breast imagers are more familiar with and effective at using mammography for screening. Breast ultrasound is not an adequate screening when compared with mammography, but it can be used when additional imaging is needed. ...Read more

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What kind of treatment should woman 87 years of age have with breast cancer?

IT DEPENDS: If you are otherwise very healthy and expect to live another 10 or more years , you could say that the treatment should be the same as for a younger patient (except maybe avoiding adjuvent chemotherapy for node negative disease , esp if hormone sensitive). If you are an infirmed 87 yo treatment should be more individualized so as not to harm you and lower your life expectancy. ...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. 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