The Silent Killer – Inflammatory Breast Cancer Pictures and Early Detection
What Is Inflammatory Breast Cancer?
There is a very important video that every woman must see about a silent killer. The silent killer is a type of breast cancer that I just recently learned about called IBC, or inflammatory breast cancer. This is a type of cancer that develops without a telltale “lump.” IBC can best be described as "sheets of cancer." Some doctors call it "nests of cancer."
Men, if you are reading this, you must forward this to the women in your life. It may save their life or a friend's.
Please note: This video shows photos of inflammatory breast cancer. It's not pretty, but it's critical information. So few people have heard of this type of cancer. This video aired in 2007, and yet when I shared it with my close friends, none of them had ever heard of it!
Komo IBC Special NOTE: Images are Graphic
Breast Cancer Without a Lump
Again, I must stress, this is critical information. It is not a pretty video; it is very graphic. I apologize, but it is important information. Most women have never heard of it. Many physicians know about it but haven't seen it themselves.
- Rapid Increase In Breast Size
- Persistent Itching
- Skin Hot to the touch
- Thickening of Breast Tissue
Times are Changing, Yet No "Cure" for Cancer
I lost a wonderful, wonderful friend and co-worker when I was in my early 20s to breast cancer. I know a great deal of medical progress has been made in the last 20 years, and I am thrilled that there have been so many advances in terms of medical research. IF my friend had had breast cancer even ten years later, I know with certainty she would still be with us. Likewise, if knowledge is power and we can educate our friends, our relatives, our daughters, and yes, our sons, too! We need to learn when to ask questions and how to ask questions. Perhaps then we can start to see a decrease in the death rate from this horrible disease.
I am thrilled to see increased efforts in terms of fundraising and raising awareness. It is not just about money for cancer research; it is also about taking the time to learn. Both men and women need to learn that the appearance of “bites” on the breast may be a sign to get to the doctor immediately. Ask specifically about IBC.
As I type this, two of my close friends are recovering from breast cancer surgery, and one is undergoing the final rounds of chemotherapy. This is a disease that affects all of us. We need knowledge in order to attack and conquer this horrific disease.
Don't Bet Against Me! Beating the Odds Against Breast Cancer and in Life
I just finished reading a great book that surprised me. Deanna Favre's book, "Don't Bet Against Me! Beating the Odds Against Breast Cancer and in Life." This great book is a little bit about her journey, but it really is a cookbook guide of what to expect. The back of the book has references, including terminology. Deanna's purpose in this book is clearly to help a loved one through the darkness of this trauma. If you have a friend who is hurting, this would make a great companion to help them through this trauma.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer Diagram
Knowledge is Power - Share with Others
Knowledge is power. Sharing the ugly medical facts and the symptoms of IBC with your loved ones may be critical to saving lives. Please help to spread the correct knowledge.
This is important information not just for sharing woman to woman, but woman to man, and man to man. This is about all of us. If we can save one person by raising awareness, think of the joy of having that loved one remain in this world.
Share this story with friends and family. Share this story with your spouse. It is about preventing illness. We have the knowledge, we have the technology. Let's share the information, increase awareness, and prevent illness.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer
© 2009 Kelly A Burnett