In advance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I introduced a resolution last week in order to raise awareness about and help fight a rare but extremely dangerous type of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer (IBC), said Carolyn McCarthy, who is the representative of New York’s Fourth Congressional District (She was first elected in 1996).
The resolution calls upon the federal government
– to educate the public about inflammatory breast cancer, which is often misdiagnosed by patients and their doctors because of a lack of awareness of the disease.
-to call for new efforts to improve education and encourage research on the deadly disease.
She said, as a nurse I know that a big part of staying healthy and fighting a disease is having as much good information as possible. My resolution calls for greater awareness of and research on inflammatory breast cancer because that’s the first step in saving lives and helping people with this terrible disease.
Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC):
– its symptoms are different from those in many other types of breast cancer.
– majority of IBC cases do not present with a lump
– IBC lies in sheets rather than lumps
– the disease is often not found by mammograms.
– tends to appear more often in younger women
– by the time patients consult a doctor, the cancer has likely spread to other parts of the body.
Thus given the low survival rates, the aggressive nature of the disease, and the tendency towards misdiagnosis, it is critical to raise awareness and understanding of IBC.
Recommendations seem to be:
– develop informative DNA biopsy diagnostic tests.
– develop therapeutic strategies for treatment.
Read more at:
- Vitamin D may help treat inflammatory breast cancer (foodconsumer.org)