How can someone have breast cancer in three different areas and what does that mean?

It can happen. Breast cancer typically starts in the breast but it can then spread to other parts of the body. When that happens it is called metastatic breast cancer or stage -4 breast cancer. In such cases multiple sites/organs are affected by breast cancer, typically it involves lungs, bones and liver but it can spread to any of the organs in the body.
Multifocal. Breast cancer that occurs in more than one area is multifocal. Multiple sites of breast cancer may indicate increased risks of cancer in the breast cells and may indicate a need for mastectomy along with chemotherapy.

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What exactly does it mean when you have breast cancer in three different areas?

See below. Do you mean 3 areas in the same breast? Then that is considered multi focal breast cancer and may need mastectomy if the areas are far apart, and depends on if invasive or in situ breast cancer. If it is in other areas then it may be metastatic such as to lymph nodes or other sites. Your oncologist would be able to be much more specific for your situation.
Multicenteric. Breast cancer may be present in more than one area in the breast being called multifocal or multicenteric. Usually a mastectomy is recommend for surgical treatment.
Not sure what u mean. If the cancer is in multiple areas of the same breast, it is called multifocal, and is treated by total mastectomy, and possibly follow up chemotherapy. If however, you mean several different areas of the body, beyond the breast then that is stage IV disease, or metastatic cancer, and is treated primarily with chemotherapy, .

What do the different stages of breast cancer mean?

The extent of cancer.. typically categorized into various stages. A complete diagnostic evaluation is needed to determine a cancer's stage. Criteria are the size of the primary tumor, the involvement of regional lymph nodes, invasion into tissue outside the breast, or more distant metastasis. Staging systems are usually numbered I-IV with various subdivisions. See http://www. Cancer. Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/breast/Patient/page2.

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.

My first breast cancer tested me for TSH and my new doctor tested for fsh, why the different tests and what does each mean?

Thyroid vs ovaries. The TSH looks at thyroid function, the fsh looks at ovarian function. He may have been testing the fsh to see if you are going into menopause.
TSH/FSH. Tsh...........Thyroid stimulating hormone. Fsh.............Follicular cell stimulating hormone. Lh................Luteinizing hormone, usually done with fsh.

My grandmother and mother both had/has breast cancer. What does that mean for me? Should I be worried?

Have your risk for. Breast ca assessed. Cancer risk factors include: being female, increasing 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, >>.
Not worried. But observant, follow your pcp ;! giyno advice - bod test ; mammograms!

Mammogram showed "scattered fibroglandular densities." What does that mean? I am 71 years old. No family history of breast cancer.

Breast composition. The breast is made up of fibrous, fat and glandular tissue normally. As aging progresses, the fat tends to diminish and the other two tissues become more prominent. If there were no known suspicious densities noted (lumps) then this report may be normal. Ask your MD who ordered the test, and by the way, most breast cancers today have no family history of the same.

Please explain relative risk. For instance, "alcohol use increases breast cancer risk by 12% for every daily drink." What does that mean exactly?

Not sure. The incidence of breast cancer has remained fairly fixed for the past 50 yrs. The rate is about 1 in 7 developing the tumor which is the same in all countries exposed to the mouse with the MMTV virus. In Australia where there are mouse plagues the rate changes to 1 in 3 during the plague. Alcohol, when reducing immunity if taken in excess can enhance certain cancer such as oral squamous Ca.

I am 28 My moms mom died at 61 from breast cancer and my mom at 46 had abnormal mam with normal ultrasound says it's lymph node what does that mean?

Repeat ultrasound 6m. If your grandmother had breast cancer at the age of 61 and your mom who is now 46 has an abnormal mammogram but a normal ultrasound, the recommendation would be to recheck the ultrasound in 6 months. If you can feel a lump are still concerned, it would be reasonable to do an ultrasound guided biopsy. It is very common to get lymph nodes that are abnormal on mammo but normal on ultrasound.

Are there different ways someone can get breast cancer?

Some are. Genetic, likely 10-15%. Most are acquired. Most are associated with th ducts; others the lobule...The ductal ones cause microcalcification and are more visible on mammogram. The lobular tends to be hard to feel (like a puff bll of cotton) and harder to see with x-rays.
Random. Heredity and lifestyle risks such as obesity, lack of exrcise, prolonged use of hormone medication, cigarette smoking can be linked to a variety of cancers. Only about 15% of breast cancers are linked to hereditary factors. Others occur randomly.