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Inflammatory Breast Cancer

September 11th, 2007 (04:01 pm)
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I had never before today heard of Inflammatory Breast Cancer. This is some important stuff.

The scary:

  • It’s breast cancer.
  • It’s aggressive.
  • It hits young women too.
  • It doesn’t come with lumps and is not detectable via mammogram.
  • Many doctors know nothing about it.

Now the good news:

  • It’s more rare.
  • It does have identifiable symptoms. You just need to know them and overcome any embarrassment in talking about them. Get to the doctor if you have some or all of the following:
    • Breast slightly enlarged.
    • 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.
  • It can be identified with biopsy or MRI.

“It’s important to understand your breast, no one knows your breasts better than you,” advices Dr. Gralow. That’s true of your whole body. Get to know it intimately, and ask about anything you don’t already know all about. When something new goes on, pipe up.

That is all.