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Q. I’ve been diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. What can you tell me about it, and what my treatment might be like? A. Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) accounts for fewer than 5% of new breast cancers. Unlike most breast cancer, it doesn’t start with a lump. Instead, it’s characterized by your breast skin turning red and feeling warm, much as it would with mastitis or another infection. Unfortunately, IBC is often mistaken for an infection, and thus valuable time is lost while the woman takes antibiotics in an attempt to cure the “infection.” A key sign: a true breast infection changes over time, either responding to the antibiotics and going away, or not responding, and getting worse. IBC is more likely to look the same, often for many months, although you also might develop swelling as it progresses. IBC is caused by cancer cells that have gotten into the lymph vessels in your skin, and are blocking fluid drainage; thus the redness and possible sw...
A study that examined the eating habits of 90,000 women over time found that there was an increased risk of breast cancer in those women who ate red meat. The risk of breast cancer was twice as high in the women who ate the most red meat compared to those who ate the least. This is a well-conducted study that comes out of the Harvard Nurses Health Study – a group of nurses who have volunteered to answer questions about their lifestyle over time that has given us insight into risk factors for various diseases. The study also suggested something called a “dose response” association – meaning that the more red meat a woman consumed, the greater her risk of breast cancer. These findings are not unexpected – similar studies have shown an increased risk of breast cancer as well as colon and prostate cancer – in people who eat red meat compared to non-meat eaters. Red meat also increases the risk for heart disease (coronary artery disease). Another line of evidence comes from Japan. In...
October 11: If you spot a new, glossy, bright pink magazine on
the shelves of your local grocery and book stores, it may be the
Live & Thrive After Breast Cancer . This semi-annual
magazine is the first to focus entirely on breast cancer.
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