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Awareness

02
Oct

FullSizeRenderOctober is breast cancer awareness month.  This is a cause that is dear to my heart my mother passed away nearly 7 years ago due to a rare form called inflammatory breast cancer. Most people are aware of the the breast

cancer that appears with a lump or shows up on a mammogram.  Most people are unaware of this type of breast cancer.   Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare and very aggressive disease in which cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin of

the breast. This type of breast cancer is called “inflammatory” because the breast often looks swollen and red, or “inflamed.”  Inflammatory breast cancer accounts for 1 to 5 percent of all breast cancers diagnosed in the United States. Most

inflammatory breast cancers are invasive ductal carcinomas, which means they developed from cells that line the milk ducts of the breast and then spread beyond the ducts.  Inflammatory breast cancer progresses rapidly, often in a matter of weeks or

months. Inflammatory breast cancer is either stage III or IV at diagnosis, depending on whether cancer cells have spread only to nearby lymph nodes or to other tissues as well.  Inflammatory breast cancer can be difficult to diagnose. Often, there is

no lump that can be felt during a physical exam or seen in a screening mammogram. In addition, most women diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer have non-fatty (dense) breast tissue, which makes cancer detection in a screening

mammogram more difficult. Also, because inflammatory breast cancer is so aggressive, it can arise between scheduled screening mammograms and progress quickly.

I was unaware of this type of cancer until my mother had it.  If by being aware now that inflammatory breast cancer exists maybe it will save a life.   Since breast cancer is something that hits home for us we will donate 15% of all sales

 of Hair Warrior during the month of October to breast cancer research. xo Alex