Many women feel an unusual lump in their breast at some point during their lives; thankfully, only a tiny percentage of those lumps are cancer. A common source of breast lumps is the breast cyst, a benign yet annoying condition experienced by about 1 in 3 pre-menopausal women. What are cysts? If you feel a breast lump, can you tell if it’s a cyst? And what should you do about a cyst in your breast? Q. I was in the shower this morning, and felt a lump in my breast. I check my breasts most days while showering, and I know this lump wasn’t there yesterday. Can breast cancer appear that quickly? A. No, breast cancer can’t grow overnight. It’s possible, if a woman is unfamiliar with the usual shape and feel of her breasts, that she may notice a lump that seems to have “just appeared,” and that the lump turns out to be cancer. But most lumps that actually do crop up overnight are cysts. Q. What’s a cyst? Is it dangerous? A. A cyst is like an internal b...
Although most breast cancers begin as lumps or tumors, inflammatory breast cancer usually starts with a feeling of thickness or heaviness in the breast. You also may develop red, inflamed skin on the breast. IBC tends to grow in the form of layers or “sheets” of tissue, which doctors sometimes call “nests.”
The breasts swell and become inflamed because the cancer cells clog the vessels that carry lymph. Lymph is a clear, watery fluid that transports white blood cells and removes bacteria and proteins from the tissues.
Common symptoms of IBC include:
Redness of the breast: Redness involving part or all of the breast is a hallmark of inflammatory breast cancer. Sometimes the redness comes and goes.
Swelling of the breast: Part of or all of the breast may be swollen, enlarged, and hard.
Warmth: The breast may feel warm.
Orange-peel appearance: Your breast may swell and start to look like the peel of a navel orange (this is called “peau d’orange”).
Other skin changes: The skin of th...
Low Bone Mass in Children, Part 1: Causes Low Bone Mass in Children, Part 2: Options If your child has been diagnosed with low bone mass, the road ahead is not necessarily easy. While the condition may respond to calcium and Vitamin D, it is often intertwined with other medical issues and no "quick fix" may be possible. Here are some important ideas to bear in mind as the family surmounts the challenges associated with childhood osteoporosis. Parents of children with low bone mass - especially those who have already suffered a fracture - may be tempted to do everything possible to keep their kids out of harm's way. However, Dr. DiMeglio, a pediatric endocrinologist at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, notes that some amount of physical activity is necessary for healthy bones. "Don't prevent kids from getting any exercise," she suggests. "You need some physical activity to build bones." Dr. DiMeglio advises parents of chil...
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