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Who Are The People At Risk For Breast Cancer
Every woman.: Considering the fact that 1 in 8 us women will get breast ca in their lifetime, no woman should think they are immune. Certainly, women with first-degree relatives with breast ca may be at increased risk. Breast ca is also associated with women who have had elevated unopposed estrogen levels, ie, early menarche, late menopause, no prior children, long history of birth control pills/hormone rep. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Breast Cancer (Female) (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 on an annual basis. ...Read more
See full answer: Brca gene mutation, family history, esp. A first-degree relative (mother, father or sister), early age at first period, late menopause, no children or children after age 30, obesity, high-fat diet. However it is very important to realize that there is no guaranteed method of prevention, and 75% of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients have no family history of breast cancer - everyone is at risk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Good diet: Avoidance of a high fat diet and keeping your body weight close to normal may decrease the risk of bc - especially postmenopausal. Exercise may help. Excessive alcohol intake has been linked to breast cancer risk and so has long-term use of estrogens. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cancer risk factors: Include: being female, ^'ing age, genetics, family history of breast cancer, previous breast cancer, being caucasian, dense breast tissue, some previous benign breast conditions, never having given birth or 1st child after age 30, early menarche, late menopause, radiation (chest), exposure to diethylstilbestrol, hormone replacement after menopause, oral contraceptives, obesity, heavy etoh use. ...Read more
Most everyone is,..: ...Even men. Your risk depends on several personal factors (like age at menopause, age at first birth, alcohol intake, bmi, and others) as well as family history. See your family doc or gyn for this and ask if you should see a specialist in risk assessment. In the meantime, live healthy and get your screening tests on time. ...Read more
Every woman is!: We really don't know what causes breast cancer. We do know that women with a long exposure to estrogen are at a higher risk. If you started your period early, or never got pregnant, or have a family history of breast cancer, your risk is higher. Radiation exposure to the chest wall (from cancer treatment) increases your risk. Alcohol intake increases your risk. So does aging. We're all at risk! ...Read more
What's the different between average risk for breast cancer to moderate risk for breast cancer? What's it mean 1.2-2.00 risk (for dense breast)?
Here below some guid: Breast cancer is common in the White race (caucasions) ....nearly 12%(1 in 8)of the women over a lifetime are effected by this disease. This is the average risk. So if you doctor says you have 2.0 times higher risk, your odds go up from 1 in 8 women to 1 in 4. That means you have to be more cautious in your check ups compared to others. Breast cancer is much less common among Asians. ...Read more
I'm wondering what measures should be taken by a 40 year old woman at high risk for breast cancer?
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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