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Hi Everyone,
I was sent this email today and thought I would paste it to a post for everyone to read. It's very scary to think of the statistics. Sorry about any dribble in there - I have only cut and pasted it!!

Signs of a new form of Breast Cancer

The current statistics are one out of every eight women will get breast
cancer. An ounce of awareness, eh?!!!

New Kind of Breast Cancer (Please read...don't 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 two rounds and it continued to get
worse, her doctor sent her for another mammogram, and this time it
showed a mass.

A biopsy found a fast growing malignancy. Chemo was started in order
to shrink the growth; then mastectomy; 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 just a few days of needing morphine, she slipped away saying she
had done what God had sent her into the world to do and now it was her
time to go.

PLEASE be alerted to any thing that is not normal.

Her message is shown below:

Paget's Disease: This is a rare form of breast cancer, and is on the
outside of the breast, on the nipple and aureola. 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. Mine started out as a single red pimple on the aureola. 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? The symptoms include:

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 side.)

2. A sore on your nipple that will not heal. (Mine was on the
aureola area with a whitish 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 (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, perhaps
it would not have spread.

TO ALL READERS: This is sad as women are not aware of Paget's disease.

If, by passing this around on 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.

DD1 July 2004 DD2 August 2007 DS September 2009

Gemma - just a thought - you might want to research this because from what I understand Paget's Disease is a bone disorder.

I think this email might be misleading!
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