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There is more than one kind of breast cancer.
You Don’t Have to Have a Lump to Have Breast Cancer.

I knew nothing about Infammatory Breast Cancer until I received the video below from a very good friend and colleague. Please pass this very important information on to your mothers, sisters, daughters, nieces, girlfriends, and every woman with whom you come in contact.

There is more than one kind of breast cancer.

We have been taught and are reminded frequently by public service announcements and by the medical community that when a woman discovers a lump on her breast she should go to the doctor immediately. Inflammatory breast cancer usually grows in nests or sheets, rather than as a confined, solid tumor and therefore can be diffuse throughout the breast with no palpable mass. The cancer cells clog the lymphatic system just below the skin. Lymph node involvement is assumed. Increased breast density compared to prior mammograms should be considered suspicious.

You Don’t Have to Have a Lump to Have Breast Cancer.

Some women who have inflammatory breast cancer may remain undiagnosed for long periods, even while seeing their doctor to learn the cause of her symptoms. The symptoms are similar to mastitis, a breast infection and some doctors, not recognizing IBC, will prescribe antibiotics. If a response to antibiotics is not apparent after a week, a biopsy should be performed or a referral to a breast specialist is warranted.

Age 56: Median age at time of diagnosis of IBC … versus

Age 62: Median age at time of diagnosis of Breast Cancer. 1

A surprising portion of young women with IBC had their first symptoms during pregnancy or lactation. The misconception that these young women are at lower risk for breast cancer and the fact that IBC is the most aggressive form of breast cancer may result in metastases when the diagnosis is made.

Source: Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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3 sojourners hollin' back

thats a serious deal

and congrats on the Blackweblog nomination

August 7, 2008 at 8:34 AM

Hello Soror!

Lord let us pray for a cure for cancer. I believe it's out there. I truly do.

August 7, 2008 at 3:17 PM

SjP Sorry I missed this on W.
And Thank you for posting this very important information. As a breast cancer survivor myself I can not express the importance of this information or of taking those yearly exams that I think few of us actually go to!:D I also feel it is crucial to use NON TOXIC products as much as possible both for ourselves and the environment! It is possible to do so in a cost effective way. I have been doing so for 14 years now.
Once more, thank you for posting. And Happy WW!

August 11, 2008 at 10:04 AM
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