Wednesday, June 27, 2007

IBC-a Silent Cancer killer?

Inflammatory Breast Cancer.
Do you know what it is? If not, you could be at risk.

Most women know; check your breasts, if you have a lump go to the doctor-and start having mammograms at age 40.

But what if the cancer doesn't make a lump? And is undetectable by mammogram?

Inflammatory Breast Cancer aka IBC is the most AGRESSIVE form of breast cancer. Estimates say it could be around 6 to even 10% of breast cancers are this type. Most women don't know they have it until it is TOO LATE.

symptoms may include:
One breast larger than the other
Red or pink skin
Swelling Rash (entire breast or small patches)
Orange-like texture (peau d’orange)
Skin hot to the touch
Pain and/or itchiness
Ridges or thickened areas of breast
Nipple discharge
Nipples that appear inverted or flattened
Swollen lymph nodes under the armpit or on the neck

And if you think you are exempt because you are young??? Wrong
Women as young as 16 and 24 are documented on THIS NEWS PAGE .

This is a serious issue ladies. Please, pass this information onto the women in your lives. If your doctor is not familiar with it (as most are NOT) then print off the reports from THIS NEWS PAGE and take it in with you.

If you have a symptom above GET A BIOPSY! this is the ONLY way to know for sure if you have it.

Know your breasts ladies. Pay attention to the changes. NOTIFY your doctor and GET THE CARE you need before it may be too late.

2 comments:

Heidi said...

thankyou for sharing this info Jess

Darcy knotty Knitter said...

I just got mine in April and will be 40 in October so from now on every year I will have one but I just had so many procedures Iam pretty confident my breasts are the only area that is okay;)But I think it is great that you are telling women to do this because sometime we are sick and dont know it and it is critical.