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Recurrent breast cancer

Recurrent breast cancer: The remnants of cancer cells

Recurrent breast cancer

Recurrent breast cancer and as the name suggest, is that type of breast cancer that reappears after the initial treatment

Recurrent breast cancer, and as the name suggest, is that type of breast cancer that reappears after the initial treatment. It is true that, the initial treatment is aimed at eliminating all cancer cells, nonetheless, a few may evade treatment and survived. These undetected cancer cells then multiplies which eventually becomes recurrent breast cancer. They may occur months or years after your initial treatment. The cancer may come back in the same place as the original cancer (local recurrence), or it may spread to other areas of your body (distant recurrence). It is not an easy experience to go through this especially after the treacherous dealings with the initial diagnosis. Speaking to doctor Dalal Akoury MD, President and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center, when this happens, all is not lost. With good treatment, all the local, regional or distant recurrent breast cancer can be eliminated. But if complete treatment is not possible, the disease can be put in check for a longer period of time.

Signs and symptoms of recurrent breast cancer vary depending on where the cancer comes back. Like for instance:

Recurrent breast cancer: Local recurrence

Under this, the reappearance of cancer takes place in the same area where the original cancer was. For those who undergone lumpectomy, the cancer could recur in the remaining breast tissue. Yet for those who undergone mastectomy, the cancer could recur in the tissue that lines the chest wall or in the skin. Signs and symptoms of local recurrence within the same breast include:

  • A new lump in your breast or irregular area of firmness
  • Changes in the skin of the breast
  • Skin inflammation or area of redness
  • Nipple discharge

Signs and symptoms of local recurrence on the chest wall after a mastectomy include:

  • One or more painless nodules on or under the skin of your chest wall
  • A new area of thickening along or near the mastectomy scar

Recurrent breast cancer: Regional recurrence

This happens when the cancer reappears in the nearby lymph nodes. You could look for the following as signs and symptoms; a lump or swelling in the lymph nodes located:

  • Under the arm
  • Next to the collarbone
  • In the neck
  • In the groove above your collarbone

Recurrent breast cancer: Distant recurrence

This recurrence happens when the cancer has traveled or spread to distant parts of the body, most commonly the bones, liver and lungs. The possible signs and symptoms include:

  • Weight loss
  • Severe headaches
  • Seizures
  • Persistent cough
  • Persistent and worsening pain, such as chest or bone pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty breathing

Finally, with all these frustrations, when is the right time to see a doctor? Immediately after completing breast cancer treatment, there will be sessions of scheduled follow-up exams. It is during this time that your doctor checks for any signs of cancer recurrence. And on your part, you must be very observant and report any strange feelings however negligible.

Recurrent breast cancer: The remnants of cancer cells

 

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Pagets disease risks factors

Pagets disease risks factors: What makes you susceptible to breast cancer

Pagets disease risks factors

Pagets disease risks factors. The best thing one can do to be safe from any disease is to prevent it from happening

Pagets disease risks factors are closely associated with other factors that increase the development of any other type of breast cancer. Therefore, the following are some of the factors likely to cause an individual to develop Paget’s disease of the breast cancer:

  • Radiation exposure. If you received radiation treatments to your chest as a child or young adult to treat another cancer, you’re more likely to develop breast cancer later in life.
  • Race. White women are more likely to develop breast cancer than black or Hispanic women, but black women are more likely to die of the disease.
  • Past history of breast abnormalities. If you’ve had lobular carcinoma in situ or atypical hyperplasia, your risk of developing breast cancer is higher.
  • Overweight. Excess weight is unhealthy and increases your risk of breast cancer especially after menopause.
  • Hormone replacement. Taking estrogen after menopause increases the risk of breast cancer for some women.
  • Having a history of breast cancer. Those who had suffered breast cancer in one breast before, have an increased risk of developing cancer on the other breast.
  • Gene. If you have close family members like a mother, sister or daughter etc., with breast or ovarian cancer or both, you have a greater chance of developing breast cancer.
  • Dense breast tissue. Women with dense breast tissue, as seen on a mammogram, face a higher risk of breast cancer.
  • An inherited gene mutation that increases the risk of breast cancer. Defects in one of several genes, especially BRCA1 or BRCA2, put you at greater risk of developing breast cancer as well as ovarian and other cancers.
  • Alcohol. Drinking large amounts of alcohol increases your risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Age. As one advances in age, the chances of developing breast cancer increase.

Nevertheless, having any of these risk factors doesn’t necessarily make you develop breast cancer. There are so many women struggling with breast cancer, but have never experience any of the stated risks factors.

Pagets disease risks factors: Prevention

The best thing one can do to be safe from any disease is to prevent it from happening. According to the experts at AWAREmed health and wellness resource center under the leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD, it is more rewarding to prevent than to treat. Breast cancer may be prevented in many ways including:

  • Stop or use alcohol in moderation. If possible stop drinking but if you have to do it moderately like less than a bottle in a day.
  • Maintain a healthy weight and diet. If your weight is healthy, work to maintain that weight and reduce it if overweight. Women who eat a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil and mixed nuts may have a reduced risk of breast cancer.
  • Limit postmenopausal hormone therapy. Combination hormone therapy may increase the risk of breast cancer.
  • Exercise. Take time to exercise on most days of the week. Consult with your physician if you haven’t been active lately for guidance.
  • Breast self-exam and awareness. Women need to periodically inspect their breasts during a breast self-exam for breast awareness. If any changes like lumps or other unusual signs in your breasts is noticed, talk to your doctor on time. This is important in the prevention of breast cancer.
  • Asking questions about breast cancer screening. Ask specialist the right time to start breast cancer screening exams and tests like clinical breast exams and mammograms. Get to know the benefits and settle on which breast cancer screening strategies to use.

Pagets disease risks factors: What makes you susceptible to breast cancer

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Pagets disease of the breast

Pagets disease of the breast: Underlying ductal breast cancer

Pagets disease of the breast

Pagets disease of the breast. Paget’s (PAJ-its) disease of the breast is a rare form of breast cancer.

Paget’s (PAJ-its) disease of the breast is a rare form of breast cancer. Normally, Pagets disease of the breast starts on the nipple and extends to the dark circle of skin (areola) around the nipple. Even as we discus about this disease, it is important to understand that, there is no relationship between the Paget’s disease of the breast and the Paget’s disease of the bone, a metabolic bone disease. This disease is more common with aging women of age 50. Majority of the patients struggling with Paget’s disease of the breast have underlying ductal breast cancer, either in situ meaning in its original place or, less commonly, invasive breast cancer. Only in rare cases is Paget’s disease of the breast confined to the nipple itself.

Pagets disease of the breast: Symptoms

Paget’s disease of the breast is known to affects the nipple and the skin (areola) surrounding the nipple. Because of the similarities of the symptoms, it’s always easy to mistake the signs and symptoms of Paget’s disease of the breast for skin irritation (dermatitis) or another noncancerous (benign) skin condition. The following are some of the signs and symptoms of Paget’s disease of the breast:

  • Thickening skin on the breast
  • Straw-colored or bloody nipple discharge
  • Redness
  • Peeling or rough skin on the nipple
  • Itching
  • Crusty, discharge or hardened skin resembling eczema on the nipple, areola or both
  • A stinging or burning sensation
  • A lump in the breast
  • A flattened or turned-in (inverted) nipple

The signs and symptoms are usually characterized with just a single breast. As already mention, the disease begins from the nipple and may spread to the areola and other areas of the breast. The skin changes may come and go early on, or respond to topical treatment, making it appear as if your skin is healing. On average, women experience signs and symptoms for several months before getting a diagnosis. Everyone has a duty of being observant about the changes that takes place in the body. in the event that you notice some irritating changes on your breast, like for instance if you experience itching or skin irritation that persists for more than a month, it could be a communication of the formation of this disease. At that very moment, you must act immediately by scheduling an appointment with your doctor.

But for those patient already on treatment for a skin injury on the breast, if the condition doesn’t improves over time, you will need to make a follow-up appointment with your doctor for further professional direction. And depending on the doctor’s examination, a biopsy which is a procedure where a small tissue sample for a microscopic analysis to evaluate the affected area may be recommended.

Pagets disease of the breast: Causes

Finally, the causes of this disease is not very clear scientifically. Nonetheless, the most widely accepted theory is that the disease results from an underlying ductal breast cancer. The cancer cells starts from the original tumor then spread through milk ducts to the nipple and the surrounding skin. And besides that theory is that the disease can develop independently in the nipple.

Pagets disease of the breast: Underlying ductal breast cancer

 

 

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Inflammatory breast cancer

Inflammatory breast cancer: Blocking the lymphatic vessels

Inflammatory breast cancer

Inflammatory breast cancer causes may not be known, but the risk factors are evident

Like it is with many other cancer, it’s not clear what causes inflammatory breast cancer. Experts across the globe are aware that the genesis of inflammatory breast cancer comes with the formation of an abnormal cell in one of the breast’s ducts. Mutations within the abnormal cell’s DNA facilitates its rapid growth and multiplying into several cells uncontrollably. Scientifically, doctor Akoury MD, President and founder of AWAREmed health and wellness resource center adds that, the numerous abnormal cells penetrate and obstruct the lymphatic vessels in the skin of the breast. The obstruction or blockage in the lymphatic vessels causes red, swollen and dimpled skin which is a classic sign of inflammatory breast cancer.  So what are the risks factors?

Inflammatory breast cancer: Risk factors

Factors that increase the risk of inflammatory breast cancer include:

Being a woman – Women are more vulnerable and are likely to be diagnosed with this type of cancer than men nevertheless, this doesn’t exempt men from develop inflammatory breast cancer.

Black skin – Black women have a higher risk of this disease than do white women.

Being obese – Weight management is important as it reduces the risks. Obese and overweight people have higher risk of contracting this disease compared with those of normal weight.

Inflammatory breast cancer: Diagnosis

Tests and procedures used to diagnose inflammatory breast cancer include:

  • Physical exam – during your regular checkups, your doctor examines the breast to ascertain signs like decolonization of the breast to redness.
  • Imaging tests – the doctor may recommend a breast X-ray (mammogram) or a breast ultrasound primarily to look for signs of cancer in your breast like thickened skin. Additional imaging tests like MRI, may be recommended in certain situations.
  • Removing a sample of tissue for testing – a small sample of the affected area of the breast is removed for testing through a procedure known as biopsy. The tissue is analyzed in a laboratory to look for signs of cancer. A skin biopsy may also be helpful, and this can be done at the same time as a breast biopsy.

Inflammatory breast cancer: Determining the extent of the cancer

To ascertain this, more tests becomes necessary. Knowing the extent of the cancer spreading to the lymph nodes or to other areas of your body is essential for treatment. Such tests may include a CT scan, positron emission tomography (PET) scan and bone scan. Nonetheless, some tests may not be necessary and therefore, your doctor will identify the most relevant for each patient. Finally, it is out of these tests results that your doctor will determine the stage of cancer and with such information, he/she will be able to put you in the right treatment. And whichever treatment your doctor settles on, you will need all the support from your loved ones and friends. A good health facility to make the treatment friendly. In your quest of looking for the right facility, you can talk to us at AWAREmed health and wellness resource center for real time solutions.

Inflammatory breast cancer: Blocking the lymphatic vessels

 

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Alcoholism threats

Alcoholism threats: How long does alcohol effects last?

Alcoholism threats

Alcoholism threats are not just threats to be taken lightly.

It may be true that people responds differently to alcohol, but that does not reduce the level of alcoholism threats in any way. Experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center agrees that the dangers increases with the consumption speed. How fast one get drunk, and how long it will take them to get sober is very key. Besides that, the variance will depend on:

  • The quantity one consumes
  • The consumption speed. That is how fast one swallows the drinks.
  • Gender is another factor. Both genders are affected differently.
  • How tired you are at the point of consumption
  • Drinking on an empty stomach. This is a death trap as it affects negatively.
  • The kind of drugs you are using at the time of consumption.
  • Your body type, the effects of alcohol in your body may be different from that person struggling with his or her weight.

The bottom line of all these alcoholism threats lies on the quantity you consume. It may not matter the type or brand of alcohol you prefer. So long as there is alcohol content in it, if you take it consistently and excessively, you are most likely to suffer the bigger consequences in the long run.

Alcoholism threats: The dangers and the law

Though there are some negligible benefits of alcohol use, I do not want to encourage you to look into that direction. Excess consumption of alcohol has serious repercussions.  Some of the short term experiences may include hangover, headache, feeling sick generally, vomiting and shakiness. But the real dangers are life threatening. The alcoholism threats are majorly on the following areas:

Pregnancy and breastfeeding: It is advisable that any woman who is planning to get pregnant or is already pregnant, should talk to her doctor about alcohol and other drugs promptly. This will help the upcoming mothers make the right decisions and prepare for the baby well. One fact that we should register in our minds about alcohol consumption is that there is no known safe level of drinking for a pregnant. A woman who drinks during pregnancy is more likely to have:

  • A miscarriage
  • To have the baby born prematurely
  • To have the baby born dead
  • To have other problems.

Alcohol consumption during pregnancy may cause the baby to be born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). It simply means, the baby may have physical abnormalities, behavior problems and other difficulties. Breast feeding mothers who are alcoholic can also passed alcohol contents to their innocent babies through the mammary gland milk. This is dangerous and will adversely effects the baby’s feeding, its sleep and the general development of the baby.

Finally, alcohol being very dangerous and addictive. And because of this, prompt action must be taken to correct any harms generated immediately. To give you a helping hand, we urge you to get in touch with us at AWAREmed health and wellness resource center today for the commencement of your recovery process.

Alcoholism threats: How long does alcohol effects last?

 

 

 

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