Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare but aggressive form of breast cancer. This cancer, which accounts for 1% to 5% of all breast cancer diagnoses in the United States, forms in the cells that line the breasts’ milk ducts, but quickly spreads to nearby lymph nodes and sometimes, to other tissues in the body. The cancer is called “inflammatory” because the cancer cells usually block the lymph vessels in the breast. This blockage causes a buildup of fluid, which then leads to inflammation that is usually red and tender to the touch.
Chances are you or someone you know has a close relative or friend that has been impacted by breast cancer and they may even be receiving breast cancer treatment at our facility in Phoenix. Busting these common myths about breast cancer can help you be informed about what's real when it comes to this disease.
There is good news about breast cancer death rates! They're on the decline! Breast cancer deaths dropped nearly 40% between 1989 and 2014. The primary reason for the decline is an increase in breast cancer screening that helps detect breast cancer earlier. And that results in a higher survival rate.
If you're not sure what breast cancer screening is or if you should get it, here are some questions to ask your primary care doctor or OB-GYN:
1. At my age, do I need breast cancer screening?
If your breast cancer risk is average, meaning you don't have a family history of the disease, your doctor will explain the pros and cons of breast cancer screening based on your age. Different organizations have different recommendations. The American Cancer Society recommendations for screening are:
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, making it a good time to remind women to schedule their mammograms.
Early detection is key for effectively fighting breast cancer! The most important screening testing in early breast cancer detection is a mammogram. Mammography detects 90% of breast cancers in women that have no outward signs or symptoms. In addition to an improved outcome, some patients diagnosed with early-stage disease are candidates to have less aggressive surgery, can skip chemotherapy or radiation, or will receive a shorter course of breast cancer treatment.
Breast cancer does not represent “one disease” but, rather, many different and interrelated diseases all characterized by normal breast cells becoming cancerous breast cells. Although we do not know why most patients develop breast cancer, abnormal genes appear to play a key role in some patients and genetic testing has assumed a greater role in evaluating many newly diagnosed patients.
The word profiling has been defined as the use of personal characteristics or behavior patterns to make generalizations about a person. Profiling is used in our everyday lives. When someone knocks on our door and we look through the peephole, we make a split decision on the person’s appearance to decide if we open the door or turn off our lights to show no one is at home. Dating sites and the internet collect data and use that information to present users with a compatible person or products. However, profiling is not limited to just people. Think about walking along the sidewalk and you see a pit bull (no offense to pit bulls).