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Saturday, August 04, 2007
Important Women's Health Issue

I learned about a type of breast cancer tonight that is totally different. It's called Inflammatory Breast Cancer, and there is almost never a lump! I consider myself a fairly well educated person, and I had no idea that this even existed. There were several women mentioned in the news story who were treated for a bug bite on their breast and not correctly diagnosed until they had Stage 4 breast cancer! (There is no stage 5 in case anyone was wondering.) The victims of this nasty disease who were mentioned included a 16 year old girl and a woman who looked to be in her sixties, so every age range can be affected. Please check out more info at http://www.komotv.com/ibc and watch their video clip. And please share this link with other women. The very best way to fight cancer is early detection, and that cannot happen unless we are educated.

Symptoms of IBC:

  • slightly enlarged breast
  • inverted nipple
  • rapid increase in breast size
  • redness
  • skin hot to the touch
  • persistent itching
  • an orange peel texture to the breast
  • thickening of breast tissue.

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posted by Cary Fuller at 11:03 PM ¤ Permalink ¤


2 Comments:


  • At 8/05/2007 06:55:00 AM, Anonymous sonja

    Thanks for this Cary ... they had a sign up about it at my Curves. The other (awful) thing about this is that it CANNOT be detected with a mammogram. I don't know what test they do use, but mammography will not be of any use.

     
  • At 8/05/2007 03:14:00 PM, Blogger Lydia

    Yes, thank you Cary.

    My uncle's wife was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 years ago. She was very lucky in that they caught it early and it was one of the less aggressive forms of the disease, and she's doing great now.

    But it was a very scary time in their lives, as they had four preschool-aged children at the time...two of whom had finally been adopted out of the foster care system within days of my aunt receiving her diagnosis.

     

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