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10 Most Common Breast Cancer Questions

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6. My mom, my sister, and my aunt are all breast cancer survivors. What are the odds I will get it, too?

Referring again to information from the Fox Chase Cancer Center, and other genetic research, typically one in ten women will inherit the abnormal gene for breast cancer. It is always best to talk to your doctor about any abnormalities in your breast. For more information on alternative and natural ways to treat or avoid breast cancer, read “Foods to Fight Breast Cancer

7. What is Tamoxifen?

Marketed under the name “Nolvadex,” Tamoxifen is an effective treatment for cancers that are caused or exacerbated by estrogen positive receptors.

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8. What types of prescription medications are approved for breast cancer treatment?

Currently, the following types of medications are FDA approved for treatment:

•Selective estrogen receptor modulators:Evista, and Fareston.
•Aromatase inhibitors: Cytadren, Arimidex, Femara or Novartis, and Aromasin
•Progestins: Megace, and Provera
•FDA accelerated approval, 01/29/2010: Tykerb (lapatinib)

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9. What is a chemotherapeutic agent?

A chemotherapeutic agent is
Marketed under the name “Nolvadex,” Tamoxifen is an effective treatment for cancers that are caused or exacerbated by estrogen positive receptors.

10. What types of prescription medications are approved for breast cancer treatment?

Currently, the following types of medications are FDA approved for treatment:

•Selective estrogen receptor modulators:Evista, and Fareston.
•Aromatase inhibitors: Cytadren, Arimidex, Femara or Novartis, and Aromasin
•Progestins: Megace, and Provera

11. What is a chemotherapeutic agent?

A chemotherapeutic agent is defined as “ achemical substances used for the treatment of infectious diseases or the prevention of diseases.” This includes SERMs, aromatase inhibitors, and progestins.

10. What are the guidelines for the frequency of mammograms? Is there any way to have a pain-free mammogram?

The American Cancer Society guidelines for mammograms are “yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.” New technology, like digital breast imaging and breast ultrasounds, offer a more comfortable way for women to have screening mammograms. Ask your doctor if this technology is available in your area. You may also want to ask about a breast cancer dipstick test.

For more information on alternative and natural ways to treat or avoid breast cancer, read “Foods to Fight Breast Cancer,” or “How to Prevent Breast Cancer Naturally.”

If you have serious concerns, please see your doctor immediately.

 

For more information on how best to support a loved one with cancer, read the full support guide. To find out more about cancer and support, contact CANSA. For more information on dread disease cover, visit www.sanlam.co.za.

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