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Breast Cancer FAQs

Why is breast cancer so deadly?
Breast Cancer is deadly because the breasts are a silly millimeter away from one of the largest lymph nodes in the body (literally inches). Cancer in the breast often spreads to the lymph nodes and from there, can easily and quickly metastasize (become systemic).

List some things which greatly increase your chances of getting breast cancer
  • Having an abortion (raises the risk of breast cancer up to 275 percent – this is the greatest avoidable risk!)
  • Taking the birth control pill (estrogen)
  • Taking hormones for menopause
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Prolonged dieting
List some things which slightly increase your chance of getting breast cancer
  • Family history of breast cancer (1–2 percent increased risk)
  • Mammogram
Why does having an abortion so greatly increase the chance of getting breast cancer?
When you first become pregnant (before you even know you are pregnant), your body does many things to prepare you to carry and take care of a baby. One thing done is to increase the tissue in the breasts. When the new tissue first grows in, it is, what the doctors call, ‘Undifferentiated’ meaning that it’s not really breast tissue yet. During the pregnancy for several months, your body changes this new tissue to breast tissue to prepare you for nursing your baby. When you have an abortion, you become ‘Unpregnant’ in five minutes (most early abortions like suction abortions). This confuses your body and it doesn’t get rid of the ‘Undifferentiated’ tissue it has formed in your breasts. That tissue remains there and is a prime candidate (like any stray growth) for breast cancer.

Why does prolonged dieting or semi starvation increase my chances of any cancer?
Our bodies have an automatic system which kicks in when food is not available. This is basically an emergency system designed to merely keep the body alive for short amounts of time until food becomes available.

The way this bodily anti–starvation system works is that the body basically cannibalizes itself to provide itself with the food which is not available from eating. It cannibalizes first from the areas less needed for basic survival. This likely includes the higher thinking processes of the brain and might, in part, explain the high incidence of Alzheimer’s in our society (dieters have been observed to have dulled mental functioning as compared to non–dieters).When the body is undermined by starvation, the immune system is also challenged. And our immune system is our greatest protection against cancer.

Does having a miscarriage increase my chances of breast cancer?
No, women who have had miscarriages do not have a higher risk of breast cancer according to several studies observing thousands of women. This may be because since the body has naturally aborted the pregnancy, it takes care of the ‘Other details’ like removing the undifferentiated tissue from the breasts.

Who gets breast cancer?
Breast Cancer is primarily a female disease, but approximately 1% of all cases of breast cancer occur in men. Breast cancer does not discriminate by race or age, however incidences do increase with age.

Any woman is at risk. While the risk increases with age, any one can get breast cancer at any age.

What can I do to prevent breast cancer?
Early detection is the very best weapon against breast cancer. Although there is no known “Prevention” you can increase your chances of beating breast cancer by leading a healthy lifestyle, performing routine self–breast exams, receiving a clinical breast exam, as recommended by your health care provider, and following guidelines for regular screening mammograms. Remember that early detection of breast cancer is almost 100% curable.

Early detection is the key!

How and when do I do a self–breast exam?
If premenopausal you should do a monthly self–breast exam at the end of your period. This is the time when your breasts are least fluid filled and tender, and women are more aware of their bodies at this time of the month. To learn to do a proper self–breast exam make an appointment with your health care provider who can coach you to determine if you are properly examining your breasts.

If postmenopausal choose a date each month that you will easily remember and consistently perform the self–breast exam at that time.

Will the mammogram hurt?
In order to achieve a quality film, compression must be applied to the soft tissues until firmness is reached. This compression may cause a few seconds of discomfort. However, a few women do find the procedure “Painful”. Some women also experience mild bruising or tenderness during and after the exam. If you find the procedure painful, ask the mammographer to stop and try making adjustments. Remember, the compression only lasts for about 30 seconds, and is the most important feature in acquiring a good image.

FAQs on Breast Cancer
I have been diagnosed with a chest wall, scar–line or local recurrence after a lumpectomy. What are my treatment options

In the case of a recurrence, treatment options are more often determined from a specific set of considerations related to your individual case. It is difficult to answer this question because all that can be presented here is general information. Given this difficulty, it is possible to say two things:
  • There are many women who experience a recurrence in the breast after a Lumpectomy, or a scar–line or chest wall recurrence after a Mastectomy. Many women who experience these types of recurrence are doing well after treatment–they are survivors.
  • The general treatment plan for a recurrence of breast cancer involves a Mastectomy or a local resection, possible Radiation and Chemotherapy. A recurrence to the scar–line or chest wall after a Mastectomy is usually treated with Radiation and/or Systemic therapies.


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