Breast Cancer FAQs

How can we prevent breast cancer?

Have simple blood tests done during annual check ups. Also, mammograms are not effective enough to catch cancer early. There are other radiation machines available, like a 3-D breast imaging machine, that are much more accurate but the insurance companies will not pay for. Another way is to have breast exams ANNUALLY beginning at age 25 or 30. This will take our politicians passing laws to force the insurance industry to pay for these tests. So, another way to prevent breast cancer is to vote for candidates that are truly committed to preventing cancer and are not fearful of the insurance industry.

What are the ways to prevent a breast cancer?

Yes, some types of breast cancer. Two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, have been linked to the rare familial form of breast cancer. Women in families expressing mutations in these genes have a much higher risk of developing breast cancer than women who do not. Not all people who inherit mutations in these genes will develop breast cancer. Together with Li-Fraumeni syndrome (p53 mutations), these genetic aberrations determine around 5% of all breast cancer cases, suggesting that the remainder is sporadic. Genetic counseling and genetic testing should be considered for families who may carry a hereditary form of cancer.

While you cannot prevent breast cancer, it can be detected early which reduces its impact. The U.S. National Cancer Institute recommends screening mammography with a baseline mammogram at age 35, mammograms every two years beginning at age 40, and then annual mammograms beginning at age 50. In the UK women are invited to attend for screening once every three years beginning at age 50. Women with a family history of breast cancer should start screening mammography at an earlier age, and it is usually suggested to start screening at an age that is 10 years less than the age at which a relative was diagnosed with breast cancer. Cancers detected by mammography are smaller than those clinically diagnosed increasing the chances that the breast can be saved.

How can I prevent breast cancer?

  • Maintain a healthy body weight (BMI less than 25) throughout your life.
  • Minimize or avoid alcohol.
  • Consume as many fruits and vegetables as possible.
  • Exercise regularly the rest of your life.
  • Do your fats right!
  • Do your carbs right!
  • Consume whole food soy products regularly, such as tofu, tempeh, edamame, roasted soy nuts, soy milk and miso.
  • Minimize exposure to pharmacologic estrogens and xeno-estrogens.
  • Take your supplements daily.
  • Maintain a positive mental outlook.

Do breast cancer have a cure?

The “cure” for breast cancer depends on the type of cancer, grade (how much does the tum our resemble normal tissue) and stage foe tum our(Size of tumor and how far it has spread). Usually surgery is the first choice with subsequent chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Patients with Low grade and low stage cancers have a good survival rate following therapy

Will breast cancer ever have a cure?

No-one knows for sure if and when a “cure” will be found, but every day progress is made in early detection and treatment options. In many cases, cancer is now a manageable (though dreadful) disease.

Does any one no any signs of breast cancer? 

I think breast cancer begins in a cell, which divides and multiplies at an uncontrolled rate. A small clump of cancer cells are too tiny to be felt. It is extremely rare is women that young. It’s probably just a rash or bruise or something. It wouldn’t hurt to get it looked at anyway.

What is the life expectancy of someone with breast cancer?

It depends on what stage it is diagnosed at and what treatment options they choose. My friend had a lumpectomy, chemo, and radiation four years ago and she is still cancer free. Another women diagnosed at the same time with the same stage of ca chose to have just a lumpectomy because chemo and radiation had all the side effects (hair loss, vomiting,). she died last week.

Is there any cure for breast cancer?

A first and very general observation is that many cancers simply vanish in the thin air if the patient receives no invasive treatment (like chemo and surgery). If the cancer is treated with chemo or surgery or both, it is very common for it to become more malignant and lead to a very quick death.

A second and equally general observation is that cancer should approached with a profound change of your lifestyle. In many cases, if you simply change your diet into something more natural and balanced, if you change your centrism into a more active life, and if you are able to reduce the stress in your life and release much of the anger that you hold deep in yourself, you won’t need to do anything further and you will be able to get rid of your cancer or otherwise live with it under control and without symptoms.

I’ve had a breast cancer tumor before and I was 15 at the time?

The only way to get rid of a scar is to get it surgically re visioned by a plastic surgeon. They cut out the old scar, and re approximate the edges of the skin together to give a better cosmetic result. Your insurance would not normally cover this kind of surgery unless the scar was interfering with normal functioning of your body.

Your scar sounds pretty excessive, if it’s 2 inches wide. Do you perhaps have a gelid scar? If yes, there is very little one can do to fix them. Keloids are genetic, and even if you undergo another surgery to cut it out, it will generally come back.

Why do breast cancer occur in women at the age of 30 to 40 years old?

In very few cases of cancer is the cause ever known. Most suspected risk factors require a longer time period for the cancer to develop (see the reference). As another person stated, inherited genetic mutations are often suspected when a younger person develops cancer. You should suspect genetic factors if others in your immediate family (mother, sister, aunt) have developed breast or ovarian cancer. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are the most common genetic mutations associated with breast and ovarian cancer in younger women. The risk of these mutations are greater if you of Jewish ancestry.

Be very careful about “alternative” health proposed causes. It is very easy to assume something without scientific validity.

I know breast cancer at 14 is unlikely but I’m freaking out?

Eight out of ten breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50. If you are concerned about changes to your body, the best idea is to visit your doctor. A lump can be a symptom of breast cancer, but in someone so young it is highly unlike. Still, it is a good idea to visit a doctor to have it seen to.

Is banana & strawberry a good thing to eat for breast cancer?

There is no evidence that any food has any effect on the progress of breast cancer (or any other cancer). Nor is there any evidence that any particular foods or any particular diet prevents breast or any other cancer.

Bananas and strawberries are healthy foods. If someone with breast cancer enjoys them, they should eat them when they want to; and if they don’t, they shouldn’t eat them. It won’t affect the progress of their cancer either way.

Can breast implants increase the risk of breast cancer?

Implants can make it more difficult to detect breast cancer when going for a breast screen. There are specialist machines, but they are not 100% proof either. Surgery is never risk free but the chances of developing breast cancer because of implants is extremely rare if at all. At 14, I was a 34AA. I am now 24 and a 36C. It took until I was 20 for my boobs to stop developing so don’t fret, you have plenty of time to grow

Breast cancer questions?

Cancer is rarely hereditary, and breast cancer is no exception – only 5-10% of breast cancer cases are hereditary.

Breast cancer (and other cancers) diagnosed after the age of 50 are even less likely to be hereditary.

A sign that breast cancer MIGHT (only might) be hereditary would be if several members of the same side of your family have had it, especially if some developed it at a younger than usual age (under 50).

Where breast cancer is hereditary within a family it is caused by a rare inherited faulty gene. If a parent (either one) carries this gene, then each of her/his children has a 50% chance of inheriting it. If one of their children DOESN’T inherit that gene, then they are at no increased risk of breast cancer, and their children when they have them will not be able to inherit the gene.

Three third degree relatives having had breast cancer is not considered hereditary (especially if they were over 50 at diagnosis). If your great grandmother carried one of the two rare BRCA genes known to be responsible for hereditary breast cancer, and your grandmother inherited it (50% chance), and then your mother inherited it from her (50% chance) then you would have a 50% chance of having inherited the same gene. For a female, inheriting that gene would mean a 50 – 80% chance of developing breast cancer by the age of 80.

If one of the BRCA genes was responsible for your family members’ cancers, then your mother will almost certainly know.

No, no doctor will recommend a mammogram for a 20 year old; young women’s breast tissue is too dense for mammography to be a useful tool, and the risk of breast cancer is almost zero

If your mother had had breast cancer, then you would be treated as at increased risk as a precaution, even if her cancer wasn’t due to one of the BRCA genes. This would mean your routine mammograms would begin when you were 10 years younger than your mother was at diagnosis.

What percent of women survive breast cancer after a mastectomy?

The overall survival rate in breast cancer is about 85-90%. But it all depends on stage. Early stage is highly curable, stage 4 is rarely curable.

WTF did the idea come from that prostate cancer treatment is worse than breast cancer?

The answer is simple (and as you know, I wrote the words that you quote). The “complications” of many successful prostate cancer treatments include:

  • castration
  • sterility
  • incontinence
  • impotence
  • loss of bowel control
  • inability to ever have another orgasm

Indeed, so bad are these prospective complications that many men opt to avoid the surgery altogether, and many physicians take a “watch and wait” approach, hoping (in effect) that something else leads to the man’s death first.

It takes little reflection to recognize that these complications for successfully-treated patients are worse health outcomes than the negative health outcomes of successful treatment of breast cancer.

Is hair loss really a symptom to breast cancer?

  • Hair loss is not a symptom of breast cancer.
  • Hair loss may occur with the treatment of breast cancer such as chemo.
  • This ball in your breast why have you let it go for three years
  • I think if this was cancer.this ball would have grown substantially over a period of three years.
  • Go see your doctor if ball is suspicious they will send you for a mammogram.
  • I had breast cancer for two years without my knowledge & it wasn’t too late for me.

Breast Implants after Cancer?

Why not?

Keep in mind that I have a friend who did this following mastectomy.

15 years later the implant needed replacement (who would have thought they had a use by date).

When she had it replaced, she had a smaller implant put in her other breast which, as she had aged, had shrunk slightly and started to sag. At the age of 60, she had breasts that matched those she had at 45.

How to check good for breast cancer?

A manual (by hand) breast exam would be the next step. If you find no masses (tumors), you are probably fine. You might be advised to have a mammogram, but these..as they involve radiation…may pose a health risk. Many doctors have concluded that yearly mammograms from, say 35 or 40 have been unnecessary, and maybe a mistake.

I hope you have a fine diet, including some supplements, such as fish oil (for Omega-3 oils), and any and all antioxidants. And, minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. Most of us are potassium deficient and have systems which are too acid. The last two are critical, and may play a part in cancer prevention. Fresh vegetable juice is wonderful for vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

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