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Overview

Breast cancer affects an average of 1 in 8 women. Although it can occur in men, it is the most prevalent form of cancer found in women, following skin cancer. When cancer goes unnoticed or untreated, cancerous cells will eventually multiply and spread. In breast cancer, the lymph nodes are the primary pathway for these cells to travel.

The lymph nodes are home to lymphocytes (white blood cells), which are the body’s first line of defense against infection and disease. The lymphatic fluid that travels throughout the body is made and filtered in the lymph nodes. As a result, once cancerous cells affect the lymph nodes, it is easier for them to spread to other parts of the body.

Early detection of breast cancer has increased in recent years, dropping the mortality rate of this disease. However, some forms of breast cancer remain difficult to detect or progress faster than annual tests can keep up with. Inflammatory breast cancer, for example, is a fast-moving and devastating illness that progresses in a matter of weeks, making early detection nearly impossible.

Because of the overwhelmingly fast progression of inflammatory breast cancer, traditional cancer therapies typically fall short, increasing the demand for innovative treatments like ours.

Causes

Like any cancer, breast cancer occurs when cells grow abnormally and fail to undergo healthy cell cycles. These mutated cells develop and multiply more rapidly than healthy cells, creating a cancerous lump or a tumor. The bigger the tumor, the more blood flow and nutrients it requires to thrive and grow. As a result, cancerous tumors act like parasites by using up the body’s precious energy for abnormal growth

While it remains uncertain why low-risk individuals develop breast cancer, there are some genetic and lifestyle factors that increase the risk of developing this condition.

  • Family History: While most new cases of breast cancer occur in women with absolutely no family history, about 5-10% of cases have a familial link through the mother or grandmother.
  • Inherited Genes: BRCA1 and BRCA2 are two well-known gene mutations that increase the risk of developing breast and other cancers, but don’t necessarily make cancer inevitable.
  • Obesity: Being chronically overweight or obese raises the risk of  developing breast cancer.
  • Hormones: Beginning your period at a younger age and beginning menopause at an older age are linked to increased occurrences of breast cancer. 

Symptoms

Breast cancer symptoms vary depending on the individual. Some people may not experience any symptoms while others may notice a variety. Some early warning signs of breast cancer are:

  • Lumps
  • Skin dimpling
  • Nipple inversion
  • Nipple discharge
  • General pain
  • Redness
  • Changes in breast color
  • Increase in breast size or shape over a short time period

Treatment

At UNIFONTIS, we treat breast cancer through all stages using a combination of vaccine therapy, hyperthermia, and aspirin infusion. Our integrative approach allows us to utilize a variety of innovative treatment options to give our patients their best fighting chance against cancer.

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