Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Other Breast Cancer That's Nothing But Silent

If there is one thing that the American Cancer Society wants to communicate to women is that they don't have to have a lump in their breast to have breast cancer.For years, generations of women were taught to look for a lump -- an obvious abnormal mass -- during breast self-examination -- followed by a mammogram and a doctor's visit.However, there has been another type of breast cancer lurking in the shadows for just as many years -- one that often has no lump, rarely shows up on a mammogram and spreads so rapidly that, once discovered, the chances of recovery are greatly reduced.Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) is comparatively rare (about 5 percent of all cancers) and fast-spreading form of breast cancer. Diagnoses of the disease have increase during the past 20 years. News of its existance initially spread following a story broadcast by KOMO-TV in Seattle, warning of a "new" and "silent" killer. The original report generated a flurry of activity this summer. Millions of people downloaded the story and then they began to pass it along by e-mail to others.In the report, cancer victim Sue Asci said she thought the pain and discomfort was a sunburn. “I never thought cancer,” she said. --Click the title of this post to read the full article from its source--

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