Breast Cancer

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    There is no clear link between breast size and breast cancer.  There is some research looking at the question but the results are not definitive enough to establish a link.  Any concerns regarding risk for breast cancer should be addressed with your primary care physician.
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    In Stage IIIA breast cancer, the tumor is not more than 5 cm across (or cannot be found). It has spread to between four and nine lymph nodes under the arm, or it has enlarged the internal mammary lymph nodes. The cancer hasn't spread to distant sites.
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    The tumor is larger than 5 cm across but does not grow into the chest wall or skin. It has spread to between one and nine lymph nodes under the arm or to internal mammary nodes. The cancer hasn't spread to distant sites.
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    More advanced forms of cancer can spread to other parts of the body, including the underarm lymph nodes. Some types of cancer can spread through the bloodstream; others can spread through the lymphatic system. When the cancer spreads through the lymphatic system, it will spread to the lymph nodes that serve that part of the body.
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    About 1 out of every 8 American women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime and about 1 in 1,000 men. Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women (after skin cancer) and the second leading cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer).
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    Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, other than skin cancer, and the second deadliest cancer in U.S. women; lung cancer is the deadliest. Fortunately, the number of deaths caused by breast cancer has declined significantly in recent years, with the largest decreases in younger women -- both Caucasian and African American. These decreases are probably the result of earlier detection and improved treatment.
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    Many people believe that women with lumpy breasts (also known as fibrocystic breast changes) have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. This is not true. Women with lumpy, dense or fibrocystic breasts may have a harder time differentiating between normal and abnormal tissue while checking their breasts, and therefore may experience false alarms. Doctors will likely recommend that these women have ultrasounds in addition to mammograms.
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    Don't ever blame yourself for getting breast cancer. Scientists have identified a number of risk factors, but no one knows what causes this disease. Racking your brain for reasons is a waste of energy; there are no answers.
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    In the past, breast reconstruction was commonly performed on women who underwent mastectomy; nowadays, breast reconstruction is also performed following lumpectomy. Sometimes, lumpectomy can result in a subtle change in the shape or the appearance of the breast. Doctors can now change the size of the breast and also reconstruct lumpectomy defects.
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    A , OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology), answered
    Breast Cancer is NOT Contagious. Some people feel that it is contagious because other members of their family are affected with it. So I would like to assure you it cannot be passed on from one person to another like an infectious disease. Some of you know that certain bacteria and viruses can cause other types of cancer but breast cancer is not one of them. 

    Stay safe and remember my thoughts are with you,
    Dr. Christina
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    Why Are More Women Choosing a Mastectomy?
    In this video, Elizabeth Feldman, MD from Reston Hospital Center speaks on some fears and decisions associated with a mastectomy.
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