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Forum Name: Breast Cancer

Question: Benign Tumor

 theperson1 - Sat Jul 15, 2006 6:22 am


My friend was told by doctor she had benign tumor. Is this linked to breast cancer. Is there a higher risk of her having breast cancer in future or any other diseases?

Thank you.
 Theresa Jones, RN - Sun Jul 23, 2006 6:22 am

User avatar Hi theperson1,
Generally speaking, fibrocystic breast changes, may make detection of breast cancer more difficult. Benign tumors are exactly that, benign. Congratulations to your friend. It would be next to impossible to state whether or not you friend will develop any type of illnesses. Breast cancer risks increase with age. Appoximately 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some point in her life. Risk factors may include, family history, early onset of menstruation, late menopause, 1st pregnancy after age 30, hormone replacement, certain proliferattive breast diseases, ie., radiation exposure, high fat diet, obesity, alcohol, etc. Don't borrow trouble, so to speak, and worry that something will present itself before it actually does. Your friend may be fortunate and go through life without any complications etc. and all the worrying will essentially be for nothing. Look at it this way, worry about things you can change, do something about it, the rest of all the problems will take care of themselves.
Theresa Jones, RN

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