How do lutein, zeaxanthin affect breast cancer?

Modulate inflamation. These are natural carotenoids found in dark-green leafy vegetables and in egg yolks. These compounds may exert anti-inflammatory benefits along with preventing free-radical damage. This is all hypothetical or science based and there is little clinical evidence. Still a diet rich in vegetables is always a good idea!

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How do lutein and zeaxanthin hormones affect breast cancer?

I hope no adversity. Lutein is present in spinach and other dark leafy vegetables and when we eat it, our body makes zeaxantin. Both of these chemicals appear to be essential for healthy macular function (reading and color). Macular degeneration was studied by the national eye institute using a vitamin combination in the lat '80s and this study is being repeated using both lutein and zeaxanthin as well as fish oil. Read more...

If I don't feel any lumps on my breasts or anything could I have breast cancer?

Not feeling a lump. Isn't proof of the absence of cancer. Are you concerned for any particular reason? Encourage you to continue self breast exams. If you are at a high risk - consult w medical. Take care. Read more...

Is it possible to get breast cancer even if you don't feel a lump?

Absolutely yes. Small early breast cancers will have no breast lump or pain. They are only detected with yearly physical examination & mammograms. Screening mammograms after age 40 are done to look for small early breast lesions. Sometimes breast ultrasound or MRI is also used. Best to find tumors when they are small. Read more...
Yes. A lump is felt only when the breast cancer is obvious. Mammograms will detect breast cancers which are smaller and only detected or confirmed with a biopsy. That is why scrrening for breast cancer is best done with annual mammograms. Read more...

Will my chances of getting breast cancer increase if I don't breast feed?

Not inthe big scheme. Breast feeding per se lowers your risk but pales in comparison to carrying to term a pregnancy before your are 23 yo. - that has more benefit - but hold the horses- i got three daughters myself and would not use that as an excuse for an early pregnancy. We are working at fox chase on chromosomal changes that occur with pregnancy to see if we can elucidate those changes that give that benefit. Read more...
Not really. The evidence linking breastfeeding and risk of breast cancer is weak at best. Prolonged breast feeding may reduce risk but is likely due to fewer menstrual cycles over the lifetime not due to breastfeeding. Read more...
Varies. Your risk depends on many factors. You should discuss your concerns with your friendly primary care physician. Read more...

Is it possible to have breast cancer if it doesn't show up on an ultrasound?

Yes. Ultrasound is only one means of evaluation of the breast. Physical examination and mammogram can be more accurate in some settings. Breast MRI is used sometimes. Breast biopsy of a concerning finding may be the only way to confirm that a breast condition is benign or not. Read more...

What if you have breast cancer but it hasn't spread yet what treatment is recommended?

Depends. On what type of cancer it is (invasive or dcis). But the norm is lumpectomy + radiation + anti-estrogen therapy if the tumor is estrogen receptor positive. Aggressive tumors or those that have spread to lymph nodes warrant chemotherapy as well. Read more...
Dependent on details. There's variability in the aggressiveness of cancers. Size matters too, even if lymph nodes are negative. Hormonal receptor status and other prognostic features help in the treatment planning. Breast conservation requires radiation treatment for most. Chemo may not be helpful, but best to follow through with consultations, no matter how early it was caught. Your surgeon should guide you. Read more...
Depends. This depends on the size and nature of the tumor. In general the treatment for breast cancer involves surgery and sometime radiation and chemo/hormone therapy. Read more...

Could you tell me if my grandmother had breast cancer and my mom doesn't will I get it?

It is uncertain. Breast cancer is a fairly common illness with one in 12 women facing this problem during their life time. If your mother or sisters do not have it, your risk is just like any other women. You should seek an annual check up and a mammogram once yearly or at least every two yearly and also do self breast examination once monthly looking for any lump or any changes in your breasts . Read more...

What risks are associated with getting breast reconstruction when you didn't have breast cancer?

Depends. The most common reason for breast reconstruction is mastectomy for cancer, though there are other situations. Since these situations are all unique, it is not possible to give a general answer about risks. There are different operations for different problems. Read more...
Perhaps the better.. Question would be why would you need breast reconstruction if you didn't have your breast removed. However the risks of breast reconstruction are dependent on which option is chosen. I would recommend speaking with a plastic surgeon with the specifics of what is being looked for. Read more...
Depends on procedure. Similar to when it is performed for breast cancer. There are general risks and procedure-specific risks: failure of the reconstruction, infection, bleeding, sensation changes, asymmetry, blood clots, ugly scarring, dissatisfaction with the cosmetic results and need for more surgery. Specific risks of reconstruction with implants include hardening, rippling, rupture, and need for replacement. Read more...
Risk. As with any procedure, there are risks. Bleeding, infection, and anesthesia complications are the most "common" risks that we talk about. There may be risk particular to that operation. Your board certified plastic surgeon will ask you about your health. He/she may have you see another doctor, (cardiologist, internist, hematologist) to make sure that you are healthy for your particular surgery. Read more...

Why did they tell us the old bc pills didn't cause breast cancer? So many of my classmates have died since 1965

Controversial. It is very difficult to evaluate any drug's long-term cancer risk due to the number of years it may take to determine this. Every drug has side effects and one must balance the desired effects with potential risks, both known and unknown. The data re: bcps and breast cancer risk is contradictory based on studies to-date: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/risk/oral-contraceptives. Read more...
They did not. Tell you that estrogen containing birth control pills caused cancer because they do not. There may be weak evidence of association with life-long estrogen onslaught being a risk (pregnancy continuously interrupts this), but the association is likely in promoting a cancer already establishes and responsive to the hormone. Few would attribute bcp's to benefit the decreasing mortality since 1963. Read more...