Pink for October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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Estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the United States in 2009:
New cases: 192,370 (female); 1,910 (male)
Deaths: 40,170 (female); 440 (male)
Early breast cancer usually doesn't cause symptoms. But as the tumor grows, it can change how the breast looks or feels. The common changes include:
A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area
A change in the size or shape of the breast
Dimpling or puckering in the skin of the breast
A nipple turned inward into the breast
Discharge (fluid) from the nipple, especially if it's bloody
Scaly, red, or swollen skin on the breast, nipple, or areola (the dark area of skin at the center of the breast). The skin may have ridges or pitting so that it looks like the skin of an orange.
You should see your health care provider about any symptom that does not go away.
Most often, these symptoms are not due to cancer. Another health problem could cause them. If you have any of these symptoms, you should tell your health care provider so that the problems can be diagnosed and treated.
Inflamatory Breast Cancer, (IBC) (mentioned by Spangles44. See her coments below):
IBC is a rare but very aggressive type of breast cancer.
IBC usually grows rapidly and often spreads to other parts of the body; symptoms include redness, swelling, and warmth in the breast.
Breast Cancer Screening and Detection
...The lifetime risk (to age 85) of a woman developing breast cancer in 1940 was 5% or one in 20; the risk is now 13.4% or almost one in 8.
...Women who undergo breast cancer screening mammograms have demonstrated significantly reduced deaths from the disease.
The effectiveness of any breast cancer screening program will depend on how often women are screened, compliance with screening recommendations, and the quality of the screening test.
Many labs are constantly working to fight breast cancer. Newer drugs are appearing time to time as a result of those studies. For example,
Salinomycin has been shown by Piyush Gupta et al. of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Broad Institute to kill breast cancer stem cells at least 100 times more effectively than another popular anti-cancer drug (paclitaxel) in mice.
Recent studies show that breast cancer is linked to several environmental and genetic factors which can be controlled or mitigated.
- Nancy Evans (Ed.) State of the Evidence 2006
Pink Ribbon used in the photo:
Clip art copyrighted by Bobbie Peachey,