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ask: what causes breast cancer ?

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Anon - That is a very broad question, did you have something specific on your mind?

There are many types of breast cancer, and many different causes. Cancer is not just one thing, it's a complex group of diseases with many possible causes. Known causes include genetic factors; lifestyle factors such as tobacco use, diet, and physical activity; certain types of infections; and environmental exposures to different types of chemicals and radiation.

You can learn more about the risk factors for breast cancer here: http://www.empowher.com/condition/breast-cancer/causes

January 31, 2011 - 6:30pm
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Why doesn't the medical profession automaticly check the initial biopsy for erpr? I had to do research, then ask to see an oncologist (instead of just a surgeon, which I was automaticly sent to), and ask her to check to see if I had estrogen/progestrogene receptors in my cancerous cells. They had to send the cells all the way to California,...which is INSANE since I live in Florida. This is just NOT FAIR or trustworthy of the medical profession. I opted to take tomoxifen for my stage ZERO micro (R) breast ductal carcinoma in situ and keep a watch on this situation. I was told they may have gotten all the cells out with the core stereotactic biopsy, but they could not be sure.

November 3, 2011 - 11:19pm
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