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Who Is 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The breast is both a male and female organ. However its main function is in the delivery of milk to the newborn. Breast cancer occurs 95% of the time in women and 5% of the time in men. It is treated the same regardless of which sex it appears in. It comes in two forms invasive and non-invasive; distinction is important as ...Read more
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
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
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
Has anyone had or heard of a genetic test you can have to see if you are at risk for breast cancer ?
BrCA 1 and 2: We can test forcertaintypes of hereditary breast cancer caused by the brca genes 1 and 2. There is also a test for lynch syndrome that causes increased risk of polyposis colorectal cancer, breast, and uterine cancer. Tests are available for li fraumeni which is very rare. We think that more (and cheaper) genetic testing will be available in the next several years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would multiple multi-phase protocol hd chest cts several months apart impose too much radiation hazard if patient is already at risk for breast cancer?
Depends: Studies have documented a certain yet low risk of breast cancer to the use of diagnostic xray based imaging. The risk depends on age of the patient and the amount (or dose) of exposure. You and your doctor should discuss this risk versus the possible benefit to your current health issues for which these ct scans are being considered. The radiologist performing the ct's will know the dose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If negative for brca gene, yet father had prostate cancer, is his daughter still at risk for breast cancer? I heard they were linked.
Not elevated risk: In families who DO have a BRCA mutation, the breast and prostate cancers can be linked. However both are very common cancers, so they can be seen within families even if BRCA negative. The average lifetime risk of breast cancer for any given woman is 12.5%. You can do a search for the Gail Risk Model to get a little better idea of your own personal risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Just had an an abortion and i heard one is at risk of breast cancer due to this. Please how do I know?
Not necessarily true: While it is protective for women to have full term births, particularly at a young age, having an abortion does not necessarily increase the risk of breast cancer. It also may depend on what method of abortion was used. Interruption of menstruation overall by carrying babies to full term is what seems to decrease the risk due to decreased estrogen during pregnancy. ...Read more
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