New kind of Breast Cancer - DO NOT DELETE Please forward to all of the
Women in your lives . Mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, friends, etc.
In November, a rare kind of breast cancer was found. A lady developed a Rash
on her breast, similar to that of young mothers who are nursing.
Because her mammogram had been clear, the doctor treated her with
antibiotics for infections. After 2 rounds, it continued to get worse, so
her doctor sent her for another mammogram. This time it showed a mass.
A biopsy found a fast growing malignancy. Chemo was started in order to
shrink the growth; then a mastectomy was performed; then a full Round of
Chemo; then radiation. After about 9 months of intense treatment, she was
given a clean bill of health.
She had one year of living each day to its fullest. Then the cancer Returned
to the liver area. She took 4 treatments and decided that she Wanted quality
of life, not the after effects of Chemo. She had 5 great months and she
planned each detail of the final days. After a few days of needing
morphine,she died. She left this message to be delivered To women
Women, PLEASE be alert to anything that is not normal, and be persistent In
getting help as soon as possible.
This is a rare form of breast cancer, and is on the outside of the breast,on
the nipple and aureole It appeared 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 seemed any different to me, but the rash
bothered me, so I went to the doctor for that. Sometimes, it itched and was
sore, but other than that it didn't bother me. It was just ugly and a
nuisance, and could not be cleared up with all the creams prescribed by my
doctor and dermatologist for the dermatitis on my eyes just prior to this
outbreak. They seemed a little concerned but did not warn me It could be
cancerous. Now, I suspect not many women out there know a lesion or rash on
the Nipple or aureole can be breast cancer. Mine started out as a single red
Pimple on the aureole. 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 infection, leading to unfortunate
delays in detection and care.
What are the symptoms?
1. A persistent redness, oozing, and crusting of your nipple causing it to
itch and burn (As I stated, mine did not itch or burn much, and had no
oozing I was aware of, but it did have a crust along the outer edge on one
2. A sore on your nipple that will not heal. (Mine was on the aureole area
with a whitish thick looking area in centre of nipple).
3. Usually only one nipple is effected. 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 (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. This message should be
taken seriously and passed on to as many of your relatives and friends as
possible; it could save someone's life.
My breast cancer has spread and metastasized to my bones after receiving
mega doses of chemotherapy, 28 treatments of radiation and taking Tamaxofin.
If this had been diagnosed as breast cancer in the beginning, it would not
TO ALL READERS: This is sad as women are not aware
of Paget's disease. If, by passing this around by e-mail, we can make others
aware of it and its potential danger, we are helping women everywhere.
Please, if you can, take a moment to forward this message to as many people
as possible, especially to your family and friends. It only takes a moment,
yet the results could save a life. Jacqueline Watkins-Quigley