When she finally expressed some alarm, her doctors assured her it was probably a simple infection because she was so young. But a biopsy eventually revealed that Killion, a newlywed from Fort Worth, Texas, had inflammatory breast cancer, a rare killer that often eludes diagnosis. Now, Killion is in clinical trial and wants to educate others about this fast-spreading cancer, which is often missed in typical breast cancer screening. Neither have many doctors. Because symptoms differ from typical breast cancer, it is harder to diagnose, according to the American Cancer Society. Inflammatory breast cancer , or IBC, affects about 4, Americans a year and, compared to other more common breast cancers, strikes at younger ages, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Covid: Undetected breast cancer warning for thousands of women
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Breast Cancer Now have estimated that around , women have missed mammograms in the UK after screening services were paused because of coronavirus. This includes , women in England, 78, in Scotland , 48, in Wales and 23, in Northern Ireland. The charity have also estimated that around 8, women could be living with undetected breast cancer. Breast screening services were temporarily paused to free up emergency NHS resources as well as trying to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. Breast Cancer Now have said it "is a grave concern" that nearly one million women will be caught in the backlog which will lead to further delays in diagnosis, adding that services have resumed at different speeds around the country.
Chemotherapy for breast cancer
Chemotherapy uses anti cancer cytotoxic drugs to destroy cancer cells. The drugs circulate throughout the body in the bloodstream. They work by disrupting the growth of cancer cells. You usually have chemotherapy as cycles of treatment.
Hundreds of women in Wales have "undetected breast cancer" because screening was suspended during lockdown, according to a charity. Tenovus Cancer Care estimates 30, people missed out on mammograms between March and July, and fear a repeat as coronavirus cases rise again. Claire Williams, 39, was told she might not have survived breast cancer if she had not been treated when she was. The Welsh Government said it had worked hard to ensure screening can continue.