The page you are looking for is temporarily unavailable.
Please try again later

Health What nobody tells you about breast cancer: Woman who was diagnosed aged just 20 despite her healthy lifestyle says treatment has forced her body into premature menopause

04:10  14 june  2018
04:10  14 june  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

'Miracle cure' saves breast cancer patient with only months to live

  'Miracle cure' saves breast cancer patient with only months to live A woman has been “cured” by an injection harvested from her own immune system in what scientists say is an “extremely promising” world first. Judy Perkins, a 52-year-old mother of two, was given months to live after seven types of chemotherapy failed and she had developed tumours the size of fists in her liver.She had undergone a mastectomy in 2003 after the cancer was first diagnosed, but it returned in 2013 and spread aggressively.But Perkins, an engineer from Florida, has now been completely cancer free for two years and leads an active life including 40-mile hikes and kayaking.

Therese Taylor, who was diagnosed with a noninvasive breast cancer and regrets having a mastectomy, reveals the scars where her left breast used to be . Michelle Siu. If she knew then what she knows now, Therese Taylor would have refused the surgery.

Not the sort of thing that usually comes out of the mouth of a woman who 's just been diagnosed with breast cancer . For 20 minutes she 'd been grilling her breast surgeon. " Just one more question," she kept saying , and her surgeon appeared to her to be growing weary.

a couple of people posing for the camera: Within eight weeks, the lump had tripled in size and Miss Innes said lifting her right arm to drive was painful © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Within eight weeks, the lump had tripled in size and Miss Innes said lifting her right arm to drive was painful A little over a year ago Bianca Innes, of the Gold Coast, received news that would forever change her life. 

The then 20-year-old journalism university student was diagnosed with Grade 3, Stage2B triple positive breast cancer after finding a lump in her right breast after a shower.

'I went to my GP who insisted it would likely be a fatty cyst or tissue but ordered a breast ultrasound for peace of mind,' Miss Innes told FEMAIL.

'I had to cancel my appointment after being hospitalised with an unrelated gynaecological issue. Eight weeks later, the lump had tripled in size and lifting my right arm to drive was painful,' she added.

Rare cancer linked to common breast implants

  Rare cancer linked to common breast implants A common breast implant has been linked to a rare blood cancer, with 72 women across Australia having contracted the disease. Three of those women have died, and experts warn the numbers of affected people are set to rise.Between 2010 and 2015, about half of the 20,000 Australian women who annually undergo the procedure were fitted with one of two rough-textured implants popular for their natural look. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Monique Bock contracted a rare cancer after getting breast implants.

This Grammy Award-winning American musician was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, and is now cancer free. Since her recovery, she ’s embraced alternative methods of promoting health in her body and mind.

Breast Cancer and Menopause . In this Article. About 95% of women diagnosed with breast cancer each year are over age 40, and about half are age 61 and older. Also, women who have had a breast biopsy (removal of breast tissue) that shows certain types of benign disease, such as

After undergoing an ultrasound and a core biopsy of the lump, Miss Innes also had bone scans and MRI tests to see if the cancer had spread to any other areas of her body. 

Unfortunately, doctors found that it had already spread to her lymph nodes.

'My initial thoughts after diagnosis were the obvious questions of ''how'' and ''why''. Answers that unfortunately none of my specialists could answer,' she recalled.

'So from then on, I decided that there was no way I wasn't going to beat the breast cancer. I was only 20-years-old at the time; I had a life to still live. I wasn't going to let cancer be the final chapter in my book.'

a woman wearing glasses: At age 20, Bianca Innes (pictured) was diagnosed with breast cancer after finding a lump in her right breast © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited At age 20, Bianca Innes (pictured) was diagnosed with breast cancer after finding a lump in her right breast

Miss Innes decided to share her diagnosis and journey - everything from losing her hair to the tears - through a blog that she named Going Topless. 

Cancer Group Recommends Ditching Bacon and Booze to Stay Cancer-Free

  Cancer Group Recommends Ditching Bacon and Booze to Stay Cancer-Free The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has bad news for lovers of bacon and booze: Eliminating processed meats and alcohol from your diet may help reduce your risk of developing cancer. The third report from the WCRF’s Continuous Update Project, an ongoing effort to inform consumers about lifestyle habits that may be related to cancer, provides numerous recommendations for people looking to minimize their risk of getting cancer. But two, in particular, are likely to cause a stir for many Americans.

A diagnosis of breast cancer is always scary, even if it’s just a tiny tumor in the earliest stages. But women (and men!) who are diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ—also known as a DCIS— have plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

Compressing the breast for a mammogram-and especially in women who have not reached the menopause -can lead to the spread of malignant cells by rupturing small blood vessels in and around undetected cancers (Lancet, 1992; 340: 122).

'The greatest part about sharing my story on my blog is that it has started a conversation,' she told FEMAIL. 

'It's shocked people that someone at the age of 20 could be diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

'It has brought attention to a younger age demographic about the importance of being vigilant with their bodies,' she added. 

Miss Innes completed 13 rounds of chemotherapy in five months, but after having severe allergic reactions to the chemotherapy, the treatment was stopped. 

a man and a woman taking a selfie in a room: Miss Innes completed 13 rounds of chemotherapy in five months and underwent two surgeries © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Miss Innes completed 13 rounds of chemotherapy in five months and underwent two surgeries

She then underwent a lumpectomy and a full lymph node clearance after being unable to finish the planned chemotherapy treatment.

'After surgery I completed 30 consecutive rounds of radiation over a 30-day cycle,' she said.

Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, big study finds

  Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, big study finds Most women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease, doctors are reporting from a landmark study that used genetic testing to gauge each patient's risk.

Just being a woman is the biggest risk factor for developing breast cancer . Other risk factors include: Age . “The reduced risk was more pronounced in younger women , specifically those diagnosed with breast cancer before menopause .

I'd still need to see her and get her input. Which pathologist should read the slides? Statistically speaking, women in my age group face a mounting risk of breast cancer . By the age of 40, one in 68 US women will be diagnosed with breast cancer .

a couple of people posing for the camera: She decided to share her diagnosis and journey - everything from losing her hair to the tears - through a blog that she named Going Topless © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited She decided to share her diagnosis and journey - everything from losing her hair to the tears - through a blog that she named Going Topless

'I also have a monthly injection to suppress my body from producing oestrogen and progesterone, which has forced my 21-year-old body into premature menopause.'

Thankfully, the treatment worked for Miss Innes and on January 24 this year, she received the all-clear.

'Life has changed dramatically,' she said. 

a woman holding a glass of wine: The treatment worked and on January 24 this year, Miss Innes received the all-clear © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The treatment worked and on January 24 this year, Miss Innes received the all-clear

'I am now focused on rebuilding my body and health after the treatment I had received. I still struggle daily with the fear of recurrence and I continue to have scans and blood tests every four months,' she added.

'Finding a new ''normal'' after cancer is extremely difficult in that life will never return to how it was before. 

a close up of a mans face: Miss Innes has since returned to university part-time and started working, however she is determined to raise awareness about the disease that almost took her life © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Miss Innes has since returned to university part-time and started working, however she is determined to raise awareness about the disease that almost took her life

'A life-changing event such as cancer, reminds you of how precious life is.'

Not just 'skinny' women get endometriosis

  Not just 'skinny' women get endometriosis A study has found obesity is linked to severe endometriosis, rejecting the idea the disease only affects 'skinny' women.Obese women are more likely to have severe, a misunderstood condition that impacts one-in-10 women, an Australian study has found

Bullet #2: Women who have had more menstrual cycles because they started menstruating at an early age (before age 12) and/or went through menopause at a later age (after age 55) have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer .

If a woman has chemotherapy, for example, and she has menopause earlier than expected because of that, what are Screening, early detection, and a healthy lifestyle are the most important factors in defeating breast cancer . There have been concerns with women who have had breast cancer .

Miss Innes has since returned to university part-time and started working, however she is determined to raise awareness about the disease that almost took her life. 

'In 2017, it was estimated that 17,586 women and 144 men would be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia with only one woman being 20 years old or younger. Unfortunately for me, I was that one,' she said.

a person wearing sunglasses posing for the camera: 'A life changing event such as cancer, reminds you of how precious life is,' she said © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'A life changing event such as cancer, reminds you of how precious life is,' she said

'I want other women to know that it can and does happen to young women. Breast cancer is no longer a disease that affects the older women in our life. I am a prime example of that. 

'At my time of diagnosis, I lead an extremely healthy lifestyle and was living life as any 20-year-old young woman. It can and does happen,' she added.

Her best advice is get to know your body and to get checked regularly.

'Cancer doesn't discriminate,' she said. 

'If something isn't right, go to your doctor. If you don't get the answer that you feel is right, don't be scared to ask for a second opinion.'    

Taking photographs of 'invisible' women .
If you’re over 25 and under 75, you have no existence in stock imagery. Her response? “I think you’d better check with Mick Jagger.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!