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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Breast Cancer Touches So Many Lives

The Day after my daughter was born in 2005, my Mother in Law had a double mastectomy. She went radical, as she didn't want to spend her time wondering if they got it all. Over two years later, things look good, but I am not sure she doesn't worry. How can she not worry?

Selfishly, I quickly realized that my newborn daughter now had a direct link to Breast Cancer. This scares me. I am not sure it should scare me anymore than if she didn't. Breast Cancer isn't all that discriminatory as to who it attacks. It attacks so many.

While blogging this week, I ran across some friends of this wonderful woman who is fighting a supposedly "RARE" form of Breast Cancer. WhyMommy, was blindsided by this disease, and wants to make a difference. She wants to educate the world about this type of Breast Cancer, and I'd like to help.
The following is an excerpt of her blog. Please read this and do your part to pass on this information.

We hear a lot about breast cancer these days. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes, and there are millions living with it in the U.S. today alone. But did you know that there is more than one type of breast cancer?

I didn’t. I thought that breast cancer was all the same. I figured that if I did my monthly breast self-exams, and found no lump, I’d be fine.

Oops. It turns out that you don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer. Six weeks ago, I went to my OB/GYN because my breast felt funny. It was red, hot, inflamed, and the skin looked…funny. But there was no lump, so I wasn’t worried. I should have been. After a round of antibiotics didn’t clear up the inflammation, my doctor sent me to a breast specialist and did a skin punch biopsy. That test showed that I have inflammatory breast cancer, a very aggressive cancer that can be deadly.

Inflammatory breast cancer is often misdiagnosed as mastitis because many doctors have never seen it before and consider it rare. “Rare” or not, there are over 100,000 women in the U.S. with this cancer right now; only half will survive five years. Please call your OB/GYN if you experience several of the following symptoms in your breast, or any unusual changes: redness, rapid increase in size of one breast, persistent itching of breast or nipple, thickening of breast tissue, stabbing pain, soreness, swelling under the arm, dimpling or ridging (for example, when you take your bra off, the bra marks stay – for a while), flattening or retracting of the nipple, or a texture that looks or feels like an orange (called peau d’orange). Ask if your GYN is familiar with inflammatory breast cancer, and tell her that you’re concerned and want to come in to rule it out.

There is more than one kind of breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is the most aggressive form of breast cancer out there, and early detection is critical. It’s not usually detected by mammogram. It does not usually present with a lump. It may be overlooked with all of the changes that our breasts undergo during the years when we’re pregnant and/or nursing our little ones. It’s important not to miss this one.

Inflammatory breast cancer is detected by women and their doctors who notice a change in one of their breasts. If you notice a change, call your doctor today. Tell her about it. Tell her that you have a friend with this disease, and it’s trying to kill her. Now you know what I wish I had known before six weeks ago.

You don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer.

P.S. Feel free to steal this post too. I’d be happy for anyone in the blogosphere to take it and put it on their site, no questions asked. Dress it up, dress it down, let it run around the place barefoot. I don’t care. But I want the word to get out. I don’t want another young mom — or old man — or anyone in between — to have to stare at this thing on their chest and wonder, is it mastitis? Is it a rash? Am I overreacting? This cancer moves FAST, and early detection and treatment is critical for survival.

Thank you.

WhyMommy will be in my thoughts and prayers. I know I don't have that many readers, but I just wanted to do my part and help spread the word.

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Unknown said...

That is scary - especially that doctors wouldn't realize what it was. Thanks for educating us!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for passing this along to your readers and friends. I'm so glad to hear that your mother in law is doing well!

Laura said...

Oh wow! Thanks for passing along this information, Corey. I've never heard of this type of breast cancer, and I'm glad to know what to look for now.

My MIL also had breast cancer surgery around the time Maya was born. It really puts a different perspective on the disease to have someone in your family - and yes, with a genetic link to your daughter - go through this.

Donetta said...

Thank you for the information!

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