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...
A breast lump is a swelling, protuberance, or lump in the breast.
Normal breast tissue is present in both males and females of all ages. This tissue responds to hormonal changes and, therefore, certain lumps can come and go.
Breast lumps may appear at all ages:
Infants may have breast lumps related to estrogen from the mother. The lump generally goes away on its own as the estrogen clears from the baby's body. It can happen to boys and girls.
Young girls often develop "breast buds" that appear just before the beginning of puberty. These bumps may be tender. They are common around age 9, but may happen as early as age 6.
Teenage boys may develop breast enlargement and lumps because of hormonal changes in mid-puberty. Although this may distress the teen, the lumps or enlargement generally go away on their own over a period of months.
Breast lumps in an adult woman raise concer...
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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