What Are Phyllodes Tumors?
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Any Abnormal Growth in the Breast Is a Cause for Concern
One of the worst things that any person can hear from their doctor is a breast cancer diagnosis.
To make sure that any abnormal growth is caught early, women should make it a habit to visit their doctors regularly for their routine check-ups. Any abnormal growth is a cause for concern and it should be tested immediately so that it can be treated accordingly.
The phyllodes breast tumor, also known as the phylloides tumor or cytosarcoma phyllodes, is a type of breast condition that affects the connective tissue of the breast or the stroma. Although this type of tumor accounts for just 1% of all breast tumors, it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Experts say 90% of all breast lumps are not cancerous and don’t grow outside the breast tissue. However, some phyllodes tumors can be classified as “borderline” or even malignant.
The Greek word “phyllodes” means “leaf-like.” The tumor is termed as such because it grows in a leaf-like pattern. Although these tumors grow rapidly, they don’t usually grow outside the breast tissue. They usually develop later in a person’s life.
What Causes Phyllodes Tumor?
The exact cause for the formation of phyllodes tumor in the breast remains unknown. However, most of the experts believe that it might be triggered by the following factors:
- History of breast injury
- Hormone therapy (increased levels of estrogen)
- Hormonal changes
At the early stages of tumor formation, the lump in your breast may be smooth to touch. It will continue to grow until your breast feels tender and warm to the touch. It can grow big enough to cause breaks in the skin, which is why some women also report sores on their breasts.
Treatment for Phyllodes Tumor
Any tumor growth in the breast shouldn’t be ignored. Once you spot a lump that’s growing rapidly in your breast, schedule a check-up with your primary healthcare provider immediately.
Phyllodes tumor is often diagnosed through ultrasound, mammogram, MRI, or biopsy. Whether it’s benign, borderline, or malignant, surgery may be scheduled to remove the tumor and prevent it from causing pain. During the surgery, the tumor will be removed along with a 1 cm (sometimes more) breast tissue surrounding the breast to make sure that the tumor will not grow back.
For malignant tumors, additional treatments may be necessary. Depending on how the tumor has progressed, the oncologist may suggest radiation therapy, mastectomy, or lumpectomy.
Do You Want to Help Needy Breast Cancer Patients?
A breast cancer patient needs immediate and full treatment to overcome the life-threatening disease. Unfortunately, some patients are uninsured and don’t have the money to pay for the high cost of treatment.
You can help ease the predicament of these patients and potentially save their lives. All you have to do is donate a car that you’re not using anymore to us at Breast Cancer Car Donations.
We’ll auction it off to provide funding for our IRS-certified 501(c)3 nonprofit partners. These charities are dedicated to providing comprehensive breast health services to all needy individuals. They provide indigent breast cancer patients with financial assistance and easy access to medical facilities where they can undergo full treatment. They also offer free breast cancer screening, follow-up care after treatment, and other breast cancer prevention and education services.
We offer the most convenient way for you to dispose of a vehicle that you no longer want. Check here for the comprehensive list of vehicle types that we welcome in our program.
We’ll pick up and tow your vehicle at absolutely no cost to you and wherever it is located in the United States.
Furthermore, your charitable contribution will entitle you to receive the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season.
Even more valuable than those material perks, you’ll get to experience the joy and satisfaction of making a charitable act that can help save precious human lives.
If you want to know more details about our vehicle donation program, check out our FAQS page. If you have inquiries or concerns, give us a call anytime through our toll-free hotline at 866-540-5069 or leave us a message here.
Bring Hope to Breast Cancer Sufferers
When you donate your no-longer-needed vehicle to us, you’ll bring hope and relief to breast cancer patients who can’t afford the high cost of treatment. Call Breast Cancer Car Donations at 866-540-5069 or fill out our online donation form to make your donation now!