[MOL] Fwd: Breast Cancer Alert [01386] Medicine On Line

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[MOL] Fwd: Breast Cancer Alert

I just received this from one of my students. It certainly is 
something I was not aware of. I guess I should be. Lillian, I thought 
you might know something about this or, if not, it may be something 
you want to add to your research.

>From: Onetrdrop@aol.com
>Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1999 01:09:17 EDT
>Subject: Fwd: Breast Cancer Alert
>To: AngelaPLU@aol.com, stephanie.ayers@inspecusa.com, Kchandler24@yahoo.com,
>        eapat@ewa.net, Galena1001@aol.com, GOLVDA@nwinfo.net,
>        katebaker99@yahoo.com, wsc00751@mail.wvnet.edu, Noezitall@aol.com,
>        sonflowerqueen@hotmail.com
>Hello Ladies (and Gentlemen - please share with your significant other)
>     It is a rare form of breast cancer, and is on the outside of the breast,
>on the nipple and areola, it appears as a rash which later became a lesion
>with a crusty outer edge.  I would not have ever suspected it to be breast
>cancer but it was.  My nipple never seems any different to me, but the rash
>bothered me so went to my doctors office for that.  Sometimes it itched and
>was sore but other than that it didn't really bother me, was just ugly and a
>nuisance, could not clear it up with all the creams been given by doctor and
>dermatologist for the dermatitis on my eyes had just prior to this outbreak,
>therefore went in to doctors office for assistance.  They seemed a little
>concerned but did not warn me it could be cancerous. Now I suspect there are
>not many women but there who know a lesion or rash on the nipple or areola
>can be breast cancer. What are the symptoms?  Mine started out as a single
>red pimple on the areola. One of the biggest problems with Paget's disease of
>the nipple is that the symptoms appear to be harmless.  It is frequently
>thought to be a skin inflammation or infections, leading to unfortunate
>delays in detection and care.
>       The symptoms include:
>       1.   A persistent redness, oozing, and crusting of our nipple causing
>it to itch and burn.  (As I stated mine did not itch much or burn, and no
>oozing I was aware of, but it did have a crust along outer edge on one side.
>       2.   A sore on your nipple that will not heal. (Mine was on the areola
>area with a white thick looking area in center of nipple)
>       3.   Usually only one nipple is affected.
>       How is it diagnosed?
>       Your doctor will do a physical exam, and should suggest having a
>mammogram of both breasts done immediately. Even though the redness, oozing
>and crusting closely resemble dermatitis (an inflammation of the skin), your
>doctor should suspect cancer if the sore is only on one breast.  Your doctor
>should order a biopsy of your sore to confirm what is going on.  They will
>take a sample of your breast tissue in that area to test for cancer.  If the
>cancer is only in the nipple and not in the breast, your doctor may recommend
>just removing the nipple and surrounding tissue or suggest radiation
>treatments.  Had my doctor caught mine right away, instead of flaking it off
>as dermatitis perhaps they could of saved my breast and it wouldn't have gone
>to my lymph nodes.
>       This message should be taken seriously and passed on to as many of
>your friends as possible, it could save someone's life.  My breast cancer has
>spread and metastasized to my bones, this after receiving mega doses of
>chemotherapy, 28 treatments of radiation and taking tamaxofin.  If this had
>been diagnosed in the beginning as breast cancer and treated right away
>perhaps it would not have spread...............
>       I did try to spread the word through Rosie O'Donnell show on breast
>cancer awareness but it failed trigger importance enough to announce on her
>show last year.  This is sad as woman are not aware of Paget's disease.  If
>by passing this around on the e-mail we can make others aware of it and it's
>potential  danger we are helping women everywhere.  Thanks for taking the
>time to share.
>       Angelique
>       937-259-4394

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