Breast Cancer Prevention

Breast Cancer Prevention

Breast Cancer Prevention
Whether you have family history of breast cancer or not, you can take steps to prevent this common cancer in women. Some risk factors are lifestyle-related, while others are tied to genetics. Exercising and eating healthy are a start, as well as quitting smoking and limiting alcohol. Your primary care provider can help assess your breast cancer risk; regular breast screenings and exams can catch cancer early. Women with increased risk for breast cancer, who carry BRCA genes for example, can consider risk-reducing surgery with their doctor. Learn more about preventing breast cancer and how to identify signs of cancer with our expert advice.

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    If you are at high risk for breast cancer you may consider risk-reducing breast surgery (prophylactic breast surgery). Once a patient's risk has been defined by an assessment, which may or may not include gene testing, the decision to proceed with risk-reducing breast surgery depends upon a number of factors, including the annualized risk of developing breast cancer, the desire to breastfeed, family planning, work demands, or other life events, and the desire to take steps to reduce risk. BRCA breast cancer gene carriers or other high-risk patients need to be followed closely during their decision making with physical examinations, mammograms, and MRIs until if and when they wish to intervene. Most clinicians recommend intervening when the patient is comfortable in doing so, preferably before ages 35 to 40. Risk-reducing surgery is not recommended for patients with a low or average risk.
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    A Hematology & Oncology, answered on behalf of
    Exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, using alcohol in moderation, breast feeding, and avoiding post menopausal hormonal replacement therapy have all been shown to lower the risk of breast cancer. For women at the highest risk, sometimes we consider medications (like Tamoxifen or Aromasin) for risk reduction or even risk reducing surgeries. Talk to your doctor about how to estimate your individual risk.
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    Healthcare professionals and breast cancer organizations know that breast cancers are discovered by women themselves, so if you become familiar with your breasts you will be more aware of anything that looks or feels unusual.

    One in eight women will be affected by breast cancer in her lifetime. The chances of survival are greater if breast cancer is detected early; in fact, when breast cancer is detected early, the five-year survival rate is higher. Remember this and start checking today. Early detection saves lives.
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    A , Internal Medicine, answered
    What impact does extra virgin olive oil have in preventing breast cancer?
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    The incidence of breast cancer is more than one third lower for women who exercise regularly than those who do not exercise regularly. Studies from Norway, Japan, Canada, and the United States found that women who exercised were 20 to 44 percent less likely to get breast cancer. Some scientists hypothesize that women who exercise more have lower fat stores and, hence, less long-term exposure to impurities stored in fat cells, less storage (in fat) of compounds that stimulate estrogen receptors, and less inflammation. Others hypothesize that endurance training helps increase the number of immune system cells that are known to kill off potential cancer cells and reduce inflammation. And again, in studies of Breast cancer risk, even non-intense exercise has relatively immediate and long-lasting benefits. In a Los Angeles study, woman who did any physical activity, even 20 minutes of walking daily, had a 38 percent lowered risk of early stage breast cancer.
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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
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    Every irritation of the breast could potentially be cancer and should be checked out.

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    There are several ways you can help reduce your risk of developing breast cancer:
    • Exercise – An inactive lifestyle may increase the risk of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends 45 to 60 minutes of physical activity at least five days a week.
    • Maintain a healthy diet and weight – Some studies have found that high-fat diets may increase breast cancer risk; yet, the results are inconclusive. The current recommendations, however, suggest that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some cancers, including breast cancer.
    • Limit alcohol intake – Heavy drinking is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.
    • Get regular screening tests – Your doctor may recommend regular self breast exams and mammograms, particularly after age 40, to detect early signs of breast cancer.
    • Talk with your doctor – When you work together with your doctor, you can better manage your breast cancer risk factors and receive the right kind of care when needed. Your doctor can tell you more about the recommended screening guidelines and help you decide what is best for you.
    Managing your lifestyle and personal health care enables you to take control of your risk for breast cancer. Taking preventative steps may also increase the likelihood of early detection.
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    Flaxseed is rich in lignans, which are another form of phytoestrogens, and lignans have been shown to have powerful breast-cancer-fighting properties. At the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, evidence was presented documenting that lignans slow tumor growth effectively. So add a few tablespoons of ground flaxseed to your cereal or your soy drink in the morning.

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered

    When the cells look suspicious on a film, the radiologist makes a recommendation that a sample of tissue be removed using a tiny needle (biopsy). The tissue is fixed across a glass slide to be examined under a microscope by a pathologist who will generate a report on the tumor's structural features.

     

    Types of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) cells:

    • cribform - open spaced gaps between cells

    • comedeo - containing a center of dead cells

    • papillary – fingerlike

    • solid

    • combination

     

    The pathologist will classify DCIS as high, intermediate, or low-grade. Some combinations are considered more aggressive.

     

     


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    A Geriatric Medicine, answered on behalf of
    Getting regular exercise, eating healthy and avoiding obesity provide many health benefits that can help prevent breast cancer.

    Limit alcohol use, quit smoking and eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables (choose organic produce if the price isn't prohibitive). There is no magic pill or food that will prevent breast cancer. Living a healthy lifestyle and making informed choices about screening for breast cancer and other diseases seems the most prudent way to increase the chances of living a long, healthy life.
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