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Diagnosis

 
Diagnosis

Chapter: 4 - Diagnosis

Subchapter: 2 - Why?

- Why do I have breast cancer?
- What could I have done differently?

There are some questions that cannot be answered; even so, they are not unreasonable questions to ask. Most people ask them. Just remember, doctors almost never pin down a single, precise cause for cancer.

It is very important to educate yourself about what’s ahead. By doing this, you will keep loved ones informed and help ease your own concern.

A support team of your family, friends and other breast cancer patients is extremely important. They will strengthen you through this season and encourage to make the most of your life, today.

You also have your medical team; this will typically include your personal physician, surgeon, pathologist, oncologist, radiologist and others. Their attention, care, and expertise are aimed at diagnosing and treating breast cancer in a way that is most effective for you.

Related Questions

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    I am 59 yrs old with a family history of breast cancer. I had a screening mamm a week ago, doctor wants me to come back in for another mammo of my right breast. He "found a new lymph node that wasn't present on previous mammogram". What does this mean?

    Asked by anonymous

    over 4 years 3 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      It is not, at all, unusual to get called back for another mammogram. Having a lymph node show up doesn't mean you have breast cancer. Lymph nodes are the filters and can become enlarged for a variety of reasons.... most often an infection, flu, respiratory, etc. Your doctor is just being...

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      It is not, at all, unusual to get called back for another mammogram. Having a lymph node show up doesn't mean you have breast cancer. Lymph nodes are the filters and can become enlarged for a variety of reasons.... most often an infection, flu, respiratory, etc. Your doctor is just being careful. We know how stressful this is, we have all been there. The problem with newest diagnostic equipment is the amount of "false positives" that occur. They are able to show up both normal and what looks abnormal, in your body that were not visible with older mammogram equipment. Things that may happen with your next appointment, they may order an ultrasound and a biopsy. Try not to panic..... Many more of these diagnostics turn out benign, than breast cancer. Take care, Sharon

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I used to do mammos. and on the side picture if you get enough muscle along the side of the image it most often would show lymph nodes as that's where some of them are located. Lymph nodes can be a sign of infection or other things, not necessarily breast cancer as they don't always enlarge with...

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      I used to do mammos. and on the side picture if you get enough muscle along the side of the image it most often would show lymph nodes as that's where some of them are located. Lymph nodes can be a sign of infection or other things, not necessarily breast cancer as they don't always enlarge with cancer. He probably just wants some additional views to see if that is what indeed is being seen.

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    Is there a link between oral contraceptives and breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 9 years 2 answers
    • Janelle Strunk Profile
      anonymous
      Family Member or Loved One

      That is a great question - and it is a question that researchers continue to ask...
      According to the National Cancer Institute, a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer depends on several factors, some of which are related to her natural hormones. Hormonal factors that increase the risk of...

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      That is a great question - and it is a question that researchers continue to ask...
      According to the National Cancer Institute, a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer depends on several factors, some of which are related to her natural hormones. Hormonal factors that increase the risk of breast cancer include conditions that may allow high levels of hormones to persist for long periods of time, such as beginning menstruation at an early age (before age 12), experiencing menopause at a late age (after age 55), having a first child after age 30, and not having children at all.

      One study found that that women who were current or recent users of birth control pills had a slightly elevated risk of developing breast cancer. Interestingly, this same study suggested that 10 or more years after women stopped using oral contraceptives, their risk of developing breast cancer returned to the same level as if they had never used birth control pills, regardless of family history of breast cancer, reproductive history, geographic area of residence, ethnic background, differences in study design, dose and type of hormone, or duration of use. However, another study indicated that current or former use of oral contraceptives did not significantly increase the risk of breast cancer.

      Overall, there is not currently any conclusive evidence about the link between oral contraceptives an breast cancer.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

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  • maria difalco Profile

    What is flat compression mammography?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years Answer
  • Mrs. Collins Profile

    I am married, my hubby is great, but this is new & "scary" for him.. Any suggestions?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 6 years 5 answers
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    • Life is Good! Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      It is so kind of you to be so concerned about your husband, while going through this! Enjoy some "cancer free" time with your husband. Cancer is consuming for everyone in the family, and it is good to keep some routines and normalcy. Express specifically what he can do for you and compliment...

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      It is so kind of you to be so concerned about your husband, while going through this! Enjoy some "cancer free" time with your husband. Cancer is consuming for everyone in the family, and it is good to keep some routines and normalcy. Express specifically what he can do for you and compliment and thank him often. My husband weAsk someone other than your husband to help communicate with family and friends. It can be exhausting to answer phone calls and emails and keep rehashing everything with everyone. He may need some alone time occasionally to process things. Keep us posted on your journey. We care about you!

      2 comments
    • Jo Rogers Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sorry that you are going our "club", but know that it gets better once there is a plan in place and moving forward.
      My hubby was great through the whole process. He went to all the Drs
      appointments and every chemo appointment. He was also there for the surgeries and was wonderful. I think being...

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      Sorry that you are going our "club", but know that it gets better once there is a plan in place and moving forward.
      My hubby was great through the whole process. He went to all the Drs
      appointments and every chemo appointment. He was also there for the surgeries and was wonderful. I think being there at the appointments helped him ( and me )
      Understand exactly what was going on and the plan to beat this. He was also able to ask questions we had discussed and I forgot, or didn't think of.
      We also brought a digital recorder to
      all of the appointments so if we needed to we could replay the discussions when we had questions about " what did he say about
      ___".
      Hope this helps and know that we
      will answer any questions that you have and we will be there for you.
      God bless.

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