If IBC is So Rare…

March 18th, 2008

If Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) is so rare, why did I learn yesterday of yet another case of IBC? This time, it’s my former boss’s daughter-in-law.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, stop what you are doing, bookmark this post to return to it, or read on. You could save the life of a woman you love.

IBC is the rarest and most aggressive form of breast cancer. It does not present with a lump. IBC may look like a rash, a bug bite, a bruise, or even mastitis. Bottom line: if a woman notices a change in her breast, she needs to contact her doctor right away to rule out IBC.

My very first post on OrganicMania was about IBC. You can read it here. I dedicated that post to two friends who are fighting IBC. And this post is dedicated to Adriana, with a million billion wishes for a full recovery.

To learn more about IBC, visit ToddlerPlanet – a wonderful blog about fighting IBC and raising kids. There you’ll find wonderful posts like this one about IBC (including links to IBC-specific cancer organizations) and this series of many posts about how to help a friend with cancer.

And pass this post on to the women you love. Now.

— Lynn

One Response to “If IBC is So Rare…”

  1. WhyMommy on March 18, 2008 10:13 am

    Oh, no. Adrianna, you’re not alone — there are 8500 women diagnosed with IBC each year, a small number to be sure, but there is much experience out here and many people willing to share it. It’s a tough battle, but you CAN win it.

    Lynn, please feel free to send Adrianna my email address and my best wishes — if she needs any D.C. specific recommendations, or internet resources, I’m happy to help her get started.


    Thanks so much, WhyMommy. You’re the best! — Lynn

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