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Oncology Esthetics: Breast Cancer Awareness

By: Morag Currin
Posted: October 2, 2013, from the October 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Signs and symptoms. In the beginning, ILC may not cause any symptoms. The first sign is a thickening or hardening in the breast that can be felt, rather than a distinct lump. (See Signs and Symptoms of IDC and ILC.)

Less common types of breast cancer

Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). This is a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer; however, it needs to be known about due to its aggressive nature.

Signs and symptoms. Inflammatory breast cancer usually starts with a feeling of thickness or heaviness in the breast. It may also have the following symptoms.

  • Redness of the breast
  • Swelling of the breast
  • Warmth
  • Orange-peel appearance
  • Pink or bruised appearance, or the appearance of ridges, welts or hives
  • Swelling of lymph nodes
  • Flattening or inversion of the nipple
  • Aching or burning

Some of these symptoms are similar to those caused by mastitis, a breast infection that can occur in women who are breastfeeding.

Triple-negative breast cancer. Triple-negative breast cancer is a subtype of breast cancer that is generally diagnosed based upon the presence, or lack, of three “receptors” known to fuel most breast cancers: estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2). The most successful treatments for breast cancer target these receptors.Triple-negative breast cancers tend to grow and spread more quickly than most other types of breast cancer, and are more likely to spread beyond the breast and to recur after treatment.

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