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Who are the people at risk for breast cancer?

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 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


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Who is most at risk for breast cancer?

Who is most at risk for breast cancer?

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 more

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Are people who are born with brca gene at a higher risk for recurrence of cancer too?

Are people who are born with brca gene  at a higher risk for recurrence of  cancer too?

Yes!: If you have a mutation in the brca gene, you are at higher risk of getting a first cancer, and of having recurrence of a prior treated cancer. The brca gene helps cells repair themselves when they get damanged. Cells in people with a mutated brca gene can't repair themselves, so they are more likely to become cancerous. I keep a very close eye on my cancer patients with brca mutations! ...Read more

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Who is most at risk for pancreatic cancer?

Who is most at risk for pancreatic cancer?

Cancer: I don't think any doctor can predict who will or won't get pancreatic cancer. I presume a family member or close friend has this. I have never heard or seen that it is contagious. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for skin cancer most?

Who is at risk for skin cancer most?

Family history: Individuals with a family history of melanoma are at an increased risk. Also fair skinned people, those with over 100 moles, tanning bed users (especially those under 35), and people with a personal history of skin cancer are at an increased risk for skin cancer. ...Read more

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Cancer: Do men get breast cancer at the same rate of incidence as women during most of their lifetime?

Cancer: Do men get breast cancer at the same rate of incidence as women during most of their lifetime?

No: no the breast cancer in men is significantly less prevalence than women. breast cancer does occur in men. In 2012 it was estimated that 2,190 new cases in males would develop, with 410 deaths. It tends to occur at a later age in men than in women, with the male peak age being 71 years old as opposed to peaks at 51 and 71 years old in women. Some men ignore breast lumps or think they are caused by an infection or some other reason and they do not get medical treatment until the mass has grown significantly. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for gallbladder cancer?

Who is at risk for  gallbladder cancer?

Gall stones: Gall bladder cancer is uncommon. People with gall stones are at greater risk of this cancer. It occurs more often women than in men and most patients are adults or older. Consult the following site for more information: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/gallbladder-cancer/ds00425. ...Read more

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Who is at risk of stomach cancer? 

Who is at risk of stomach cancer? 

Smoked foods?: The risk of gastric cancer has been associated with consumption of smoked and salted foods and lack of refrigeration. The widespread use of refrigeration has been cited as a reason for the decrease in the incidence of gastric cancer in the US since 1930. Several studies have demonstrated an association between Helicobacter pylori and gastric cancer. Common in Japan, Iceland, Chile & Costa Rica. ...Read more

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How at risk for cancer are children?

How at risk for cancer are children?

Low risk: On average, 1 to 2 children develop the cancer each year for every 10, 000 children in the United States. See this overview at the national cancer institute for more information: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/sites-types/childhood. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for ovarian cancer?

Who is at risk for ovarian cancer?

Increased risk...: ...is associated with increased age, women with a family history of ovarian or breast cancer, women with the genetic BRCA modifications, and certain ethnicities. These groups have a higher risk than the overall lifetime risk for women in the US of 1.6%. ...Read more

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If Azoospermic men are at higher risk of developing a range of cancers due to infertility then are people who have testicles removed at same risk?

If Azoospermic men are at higher risk of developing a range of cancers due to infertility then are people who have testicles removed at same risk?

Incorrect assumption: Your primary assumption seems to be incorrect. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Are cancer rates higher for people who live near a nuclear reactor? Does living there increase the risk of cancer?

Are cancer rates higher for people who live near a nuclear reactor? Does living there increase the risk of cancer?

Unlikely: As long as the nuclear reactor is operated under standard us government guidelines, then the risk is low. As we have seen in chernobyl, japan, and even three mile island, accidents do happen and in this sense there is a risk. From a statistical standpoint, you are much more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than to develop cancer from living nearby a nuclear reactor. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for these conditions?

What conditions: Please list the coniditions that you are concerned about. ...Read more

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At which ages are you more likely at risk for colon cancer?

At which ages are you more likely at risk for colon cancer?

Depends: People at risk for colon polyps and colon cancer are at most risk between age 50 and 75 and thus should be screened via colonoscopy or other means. If a personal or family history is present screening should begin before age 50. ...Read more

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Are the people with family history/genetic factors the only ones who have colon cancer in their lower twenties?

Are the people with family history/genetic factors the only ones who have colon cancer in their lower twenties?

No: The prevalence of identifiable genetic risk factors much higher among young people who get colon cancer. However, not all such young people have identifiable genetic risk factors. It's likely that many genetic abnormalities leading to cancer have not yet been discovered. ...Read more

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What percentage of people in the us are currently living with cancer or have had cancer @ some point in their life?

Prevalence: 4%: Statistics are squirrely, though. "prevalence" = # of living americans who who have had or now have cancer, about 12 million. "incidence" = # who get it in any one year: 0.6%, 1.64 million. Notice that these numbers are far below the risk of certain cancers. 11% of women will get breast ca for instance. For more great statistics on cancer, google "cancer facts & figures". ...Read more

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What is risk of lung cancer for women over the lifetime if they stopped before 30?

What is risk of lung cancer for women over the lifetime if they stopped before 30?

While it not zero...: It is remarkably reduced, and closer to the people who never smoked, and life is not a pursuit with zero risk. We try to control the things that we can, and sometimes young folks foolishly start to smoke not realizing the hazard, especially that once hooked it is hard to quit. Also, it's number of years and packs smoked not age stopping. ...Read more

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How high is the percent of women that get breast cancer are obese?

How high is the percent of women that get breast cancer are obese?

Risk is higher: Being overweight (obese being the category for the most overweight) is associated with a modest increased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. It is seen mainly in women who have never had menopausal hormone therapy and probably relates to increased estrogen levels in overweight postmenopausal women. Premenopausal overweight women have a reduced risk of breast cancer! ...Read more

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What percentage of women who have lumps in their breasts are diagnosed with breast cancer after being scanned?

What percentage of women who have lumps in their breasts are diagnosed with breast cancer after being scanned?

Not very high: Majority of lumps ( not masses ) are lumpy breast with areas of thickness are not malignant, but biopsy is needed not to miss a cancer, about 20% of time they will be malignant. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which cells lining the inside of the breast grow ...Read more