Breast Cancer

What Causes Breast Cancer?

Although the precise causes of breast cancer are unclear, we know the main risk factors. Still, most women considered at high risk for breast cancer do not get it, while many with no known risk factors do develop breast cancer. Among the most significant factors are advancing age and a family history of breast cancer. Risk increases slightly for a woman who has had a benign breast lump and increases significantly for a woman who has previously had cancer of the breast or the ovaries.

A woman whose mother, sister, or daughter has had breast cancer is two to three times more likely to develop the disease, particularly if more than one first-degree relative has been affected. Researchers have now identified two genes responsible for some instances of familial breast cancer. These genes are known as BRCA1 and BRCA2. About one woman in 200 carries the genes. Having one of them predisposes a woman to breast cancer but does not ensure that she will get it.

Generally, women over 50 are more likely to get breast cancer than younger women, and African-American women are more likely than Caucasians to get breast cancer before menopause.

A link between breast cancer and hormones is gradually becoming clearer. Researchers think that the greater a woman’s exposure to the hormone estrogen, the more susceptible she is to breast cancer. Estrogen tells cells to divide; the more the cells divide, the more likely they are to be abnormal in some way, possibly becoming cancerous.

A woman’s exposure to estrogen and progesterone rises and falls during her lifetime, influenced by the age she starts and stops menstruating, the average length of her menstrual cycle, and her age at first childbirth. A woman’s risk for breast cancer is increased if she starts menstruating before age 12, has her first child after 30, stops menstruating after 55, or has a menstrual cycle shorter or longer than the average 26-29 days. Current information indicates that the hormones in birth control pills probably do not increase the risk. Some studies suggest that taking hormone replacement therapy after menopause may increase risk, especially when taken for more than five years. The jury is still somewhat out on this matter though. Heavy doses of radiation therapy may also be a factor, but low-dose mammograms pose almost no risk.

The link between diet and breast cancer is debated. Obesity is a noteworthy risk factor, and drinking alcohol regularly more than a couple of drinks a day may promote the disease. Many studies have shown that women whose diets are high in fat are more likely to get the disease. Researchers suspect that if a woman lowers her daily calories from fat to less than 20%-30%  her diet may help protect her from developing breast cancer.

How come breast cancer gets its own month and special pink ribbons and fundraisers?

Breast cancer is sometimes harder to detect because of breast mass, or self breast exams that are incorrectly done or not done at all. Even though there are symptoms such as puckering of nipple, change in breast skin texture, these don’t always present themselves. Therefore many women don’t know they have it because the signs are not obvious. With lung and colon cancer there are usually more pronounced chances that will alert someone to seek help such as change in bowel habit, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, persistent cough, breathing problem, etc. Women need to be educated about the cause, early detection of breast cancer because its so hard to detect sometimes and that’s why extra effort is put into educating the public about it.

Does Breast Augmentation increase the chances to develop breast cancer?

I am wanting a breast Augmentation but Breast cancer does run in my family. Just wondering if anyone who has had this done can tell me if it will increase my chances of breast cancer. I am sure the doctor will let me know, but I don’t want to even waste my time going to the consult if the answer to my question is yes.

No it does not increase your risk of cancer at all.It does, however, make getting a mamogram a pain – and there is a slight risk of an implant ‘bursting’. wife works in the mamography dept of the hospital and is breast cancer prone

If i receive an inheritance, how would that affect my ssi & breast cancer health insurance?

If at all possible don’t tell anyone cause they will deduct what you get believe me if at all possible don’t claim it on anything cash the check & put it in a safe if in a bank they can trace it.I know this has happened to My Aunt she ended up only getting her SSI but only a quarter of it then she had to pay for all her melds & lost her insurance as well as her medicare.

Doesn’t breast implants cause breast cancer?

As it is there is no chance of getting cancer due to implants. But Doctors recommend that women with breast implants have mammograms. However, according to the FDA, pressure on the breast (compression) during mammography can cause implant rupture. In 2004, Brown ET AL reported that the FDA had received dozens of reports of implants rupturing or leaking during mammography.

Breast implants also can interfere with the accuracy of mammograms because the implant appears as a solid white shape, obscuring tumors above or below. Specific mammogram techniques have been developed to ensure that as much breast tissue as possible is examined in the woman with implants. This requires taking extra images, called displacement views, which expose the woman to more radiation. In 2004, Miglioretti and her colleagues published a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicating that 55% of breast tumors were not initially detected on mammograms for women with implants, even though the extra images were used. This compares to about 30% of tumors that were not initially detected for women who did not have breast implants. These tumors were subsequently detected in later mammograms.

In addition to making tumors more difficult to detect, implants cause “false positive” results when extensive scarring and calcium deposits mimic the appearance of cancer, making the deposits difficult to distinguish from tumors on a mammogram. Calcium deposits may be felt as modules or bumps under the skin around the implant. Biopsy may be necessary to determine whether these are cancerous.

Ultrasound and MRIs can be used to detect breast cancer instead of mammograms, but this adds to the cost of screening and probably would not be covered by health insurance.

Persons with Heriditary his try of Breast cancer are advised not to have implants. If you Dedie to have implant before doing so have mammograms done to ensure the disease is not Prue-exsisting.

What is lung cancer? Did you know that lung cancer kills more women every year than breast cancer?

Lung cancer can be caused by drinking alcohol &/or smoking. Lung cancer kills not only women but men as well, but yes. Yes, it does kill more women than breast cancer kills us women.

Cancer is a disease in which certain body cells don’t function right, divide very fast, and produce too much tissue that forms a tumor. The lungs, a pair of sponge-like, cone-shaped organs, are part of the body’s respiratory system. When we breathe in, the lungs take in oxygen, which our cells need to live and carry out their normal functions. When we breathe out, the lungs get rid of carbon dioxide, which is a waste product of the body’s cells. Cancers that begin in the lungs are divided into two major types, non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer, depending on how the cells look under a microscope. Each type of lung cancer grows and spreads in different ways and is treated differently.

Does aluminum in antiperspirant add to breast cancer?

Yes, aluminum is a toxin to the body. Just because something is sold to the public doesn’t mean it is safe. Vioxx and Teflon are 2 current examples of things that are sold to the public that were later proven to be deadly.

If I have breast cancer, can I still have healthy kids? 

My advice is to get a DNA-check, based upon that an indication can be made whether your child is likely to get cancer as well. If your cancer is not hormone related, it should not effect your pregnancy, as far as I know. The therapy will. It is best to discuss this with your oncologist. I just finished using Herceptin and was advised to wait 6 months to get pregnant.

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