Article last updated on March 31, 2014 Background Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a relatively rare type of breast cancer that grows in the lymph vessels of the skin of the breast. Because it usually doesn’t form an easy-to-find lump and because it tends to spread rapidly, IBC is the most deadly form of breast cancer. Because the cancer is in the lymphatic system at the time of diagnosis, IBC is considered a Stage IIIB cancer unless it has already spread to other organs, which would make it a Stage IV cancer for those patients. The median age of IBC patients is about 57, compared to over 62 years old for other breast cancers, but much younger women often get IBC. Statistics for IBC vary, but in North America, IBC accounts for about 1% to 5% of all breast cancers. The IBC rate for women of African descent may be as high as 10%. For a long time, doctors considered IBC to be regular breast cancer cells that were more dangerous because they were in the lymph system. Recent research...
To avoid fibrocystic changes in your breast tissue, avoid excessive fat and caffeine in your diet.
Most cases of breast cancer cannot be prevented. However, early detection and prompt treatment are important. All women should receive routine breast exams from a doctor and routine mammograms, as recommended.
All women over the age of 40 should also perform breast self-exams every month, preferably at the end of their menstrual period when the breasts are less tender and less swollen. Women who are breastfeeding should examine their breasts after completing a feeding.
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New research gives another reason for people with rheumatoid arthritis to be extra careful about their weight. People often think that increasing weight also increases a person’s bone mass to support that weight. But a new study from the University of Missouri-Kansas has found just the opposite, that increasing body fat mass decreases bone mass , and is not good for bone health. The researchers suggest that interventions or treatments to reduce obesity may help increase bone mass and thus protect against osteoporosis . The researchers studied used 6,400 healthy adults as subjects studying the relationship between obesity and osteoporosis, found that fat mass was negatively associated with bone mass. That means that greater fat mass equals lower bone mass. There are also other risk factors for osteoporosis and decreasing bone mass that people with RA need to keep in mind. First, some drugs, like glucocorticoids such as Prednisone , can decrease bone...
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