2/22/2010

Make that appointment, whatcha waiting for?

I think that it is because I am older, but I have way too many people in my life, at work and friends who are finding bad news!

Go now get checked!


IBC is the rarest and most aggressive type of breast cancer. It makes
up only 1 to 5% of breast cancer. It usually occurs in younger women
and more predominately in African American women. But don't rely on this infomation. Typically when it is diagnosed, it is labeled stage 4. This is because by the
time it is detected it has spread to other organs (lymph nodes, liver,
lung, spine, brain). The symptoms are:

Swelling, usually sudden, sometimes a cup size in a few days Itching
Pink, red, or dark colored area (called erythema) sometimes with texture
similar to the skin of an orange (called peau d'orange) Ridges and
thickened areas of the skin Nipple retraction Nipple discharge, may or
may not be bloody Breast is warm to the touch Breast pain (from a
constant ache to stabbing pains) Change in color and texture of the
areola

Remember: You don't have to have a lump to have breast cancer.


P.S. if ANYONE of you have ANY of the above symptoms, PLEASE get this
checked immediately. Again, this is the most aggressive type of cancer
and every day matters in getting a diagnosis. Also, if any male is
reading this and managed to get this far along in the email, it is rare
but can also occur in men. DON'T ignore the signs.

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