I always forget to ask my doctor about how to prevent breast carcinoma. Are there some steps I should be taking?

Diet exercise. Low fat diet and keeping your weight down may help. Avoid a lot of alcohol. Probably should not take estrogen replacement continually for many years. Remember that 1 in 7 women get breast cancer - and most can't be prevented. Get your mammograms. In this case, early detection is a reality and prevention is only a hope.
Facetious answer.. Have a late menarche, be pregnant a lot, have an early menopause, and select parents from a family that does not have breast or ovarian cancer. Screening after age 40 help early detection. Do not use birth control pills (iud ok) or postmenopausal estrogens. All are from genetics and estrogen stimulation. Some radically advise prophylactic bilateral mastectomy.
Some. About 1 in 8 women will develope breast cancer. There is probably little that you can do to decrease that risk. However, besides family history as a risk factor fo breast cancer - there is some increased risk in smokers, drinkers, and overweight women - factors you can modify to effect some decrease in your risk for breast cancer. For early detection do you mammograms as recommended.

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1 doc on here mentioned avoiding bpa plastics to help prevent breast cancer. What are bpa plastics?

I wouldn't worry. Medicine's way too big for any physician to know everything. Even physicians fall for "pop" claims -- in this case, a huge 1990's disinformation campaign by the militant environmental organization to the effect that synthetics were nonsteroidal Estrogens and the principal cause of breast cancer. The irony is seeing the same crooks eating tofu, loaded with non-steroidal estrogens. Read more...
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Give me a hint. What kind of hassle am I facing if doc suspects breast carcinoma? What is required to diagnose?

Life saving. The usual first step after a concerning clinical breast exam is a mammogram and possibly an ultrasound. If there are abnormal findings on those tests, then either a short term follow-up study or a biopsy of some sort - needle biopsy, incisional biopsy, lumpectomy, etc - may be indicated. If the mammogram / sonograms are normal, but the abnormal physical exam persists, then a biopsy is warranted. Read more...
Breast biopsy. For most patients who are found to have a "suspicious" abnormality on mammography (or examination), the biggest hassle is the waiting period between being told this and the definitive diagnosis. The best way to diagnose a suspicious abnormality is by a non-surgical needle biopsy, either done by a breast surgeon or radiologist. The sooner you know, the sooner you can put this to rest. Read more...
Hassles include: Mammogram; further imaging (u/s, mri), biopsy. If 'cancer', is it invasive or confined to duct (dcis)? Most have choice of breast conservation or mastectomy. If lumpectomy, you may need radiotherapy if you want to keep your breast. All lumps emoved are tested for receptors. Hormones and chemotherapy depend on these, and presence of lymph nodes. These hassles can save your life. Read more...
More comfort. Bottom line is that mammograms are now more woman friendly. Soft pads can be used to soften the tightness of the machine, many techs are sensitive to draping women with respect and reassuring during the exam, biopsies can be done with good local pain/anesthesia control. Also american cancer society and others have a variety of support groups about women's breast health and breast cancer treatment. Read more...

What kind of doctor sees somebody for breast carcinoma?

Several. General surgeons provide surgical treatment, oncologists use chemotherapy, radiation oncologists supervise radiation treatment and family doctors coordinate overall care. Read more...

Just diagnosed with breast carcinoma. Had many questions on the way home but doctor is gone now. Can you tell me about the condition?

Not in 400 words. Write down your questions and go back to your doctor. If he/she is not kind and supportive find another doc. It is important that you understand. Susan love's breast book is a little out of date but is well written . See if your hospital has a library that you can use for additional help. Be careful of what "friends" tell you. Advice may be worth what you pay for it! Read more...
Abnormal cell growth. Breast cancer like most cancers are conditions in which ductal or other cells multiple and divide more rapidly than normal. It can "spread" to lymph nodes, blood, bone, liver, and brain if not caught early and treated.There are many causes such as radiation to the breast. Smokers have a higher risk. Make a list of your questions for your next doctor;s visit and ask permission to tape record answers. Read more...
Unless you can be. Much more specific, it's probably best to: 1. Write the questions down so you don't forget; 2. Make another appointment; 3. Go with a spouse, partner, friend, relative with another pair of ears to check if you hear the same answers. Get back to us here to clarify. Can't do 30 min discussion in a paragrgaph. Read more...