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New breast cancer type may not show up on mammogram

Posted at 5:31 PM, Oct 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-23 20:48:29-04

There's a new type of breast cancer that may not show up in routine mammograms and women need to know about it.

Beth Porreca discovered a rash on her breast in 2015. She thought it was a reaction to laundry detergent. It was acutally stage four inflamatory breast cancer.

Porreca's oncologist says delay in diagnosis could cost lives.

Even on a mammogram, this kind of breast cancer doesn't appear as a lump. The symptoms are often misdiagnosed as a breast infection.

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In Beth's case, she kept asking questions and that is probably why she is still alive.

She was in chemotherapy for five months. After she finished chemo, she had a double mastectomy. Since then she's been learning slowly how to live her life the way she wants to live while also living as a breast cancer fighter.

Beth's doctor says to always seek help if there are any abnormalities in the breast area. He also recommends eating right and exercising.