Daily Archives: July 1, 2016

The Breast Cancer Fallacies

The Breast Cancer Fallacy

Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer.

The Truth

Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer.  But if you discover a persistent lump in your breast or notice any changes in breast tissue, it should never be ignored. It is very important that you see a physician for a clinical breast exam. He or she may possibly order breast imaging studies to determine if this lump is of concern or not.

Take charge of your health by performing routine breast self-exams,

IBC Diagnosis Story: Not All Breast Cancer Start with a Lump

 

  • One of the most frightening aspects of my breast cancer diagnosis in 1998 was that I never knew my symptoms might be breast cancer until the doctor told me I needed a biopsy for Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC). I didn’t know that breast cancer doesn’t always start with a lump.

    About eight weeks earlier at the beginning of February, I jumped when the water hit my breast in the shower. It hurt-really hurt. I turned down the water pressure and forgot about it until the same thing happened the next morning.

Breast Cancer or Infection, How Can I Tell?

  • “My doctor says I have an infection, but when I Googled my symptoms, I saw that I have all the symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer.  Is my doctor wasting my time with an antibiotic?  Should I insist on a biopsy?”

     We frequently get variations on this question here at sebecclycare.  How can you tell whether you have an infection or a rare type of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer (IBC)?  The short answer is you cannot without a doctor.  However, understanding the similarities and differences between breast infections and IBC may help you decide what steps you need to take to get a proper diagnosis.

5 Things You Should Know About Breast Pain and Swelling

  • Many women experience breast pain and swelling at least once over the course of their lifetime. Here are the five most common causes – and what you should do about each.

    You’re feeling some discomfort in one breast. This discomfort soon turns to pain. You take a look in the mirror; one breast, the painful one, is definitely larger than the other. What do you do?

    First, don’t panic. Though you may need to see a doctor, understanding what’s causing your symptoms is the first step to feeling better.

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