A mother diagnosed with skin cancer in an & # 39; exceptional phenomenon & # 39; attributed this to her implants.
Michelle Miller, from Florida, was pregnant when she noticed that one of her breasts was three times the size of normal.
Her increasing pain had been attributed for years to capsular contracture – a well-known side effect of breast implants – but tests revealed a more dangerous truth.
She was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer, but only rarely found in the breast.
Ms. Miller, 47, was severely pregnant during diagnosis in May and had both breasts removed in a double breast amputation to try to get rid of the disease.
Michelle Miller first had breast implants in 1995 and said she started to cause her pain in 2016, after the last surgery to replace them, but doctors didn't take her concerns seriously
& # 39; I started to notice some pain in my breasts three years ago, but doctors thought it was due to scar tissue around the breast, & # 39; said Mrs. Miller, who had implants for the first time in 1995 and had them replaced in 1997, 2000 and 2016.
& # 39; I saw several doctors who had treated it all as an infection and managed to relieve the symptoms for a while.
& # 39; But when I found a lump earlier this year, I had to continue testing and the liquid from my chest tested positive for abundant paving cells.
& # 39; My breast surgeon was stunned when she told me that squamous cells are skin cells and do not belong in my breast. & # 39;
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer, according to the British Skin Foundation.
It is usually caused by sun damage to skin cells and tends to appear as a scaly or scaly part of raised, red skin and can usually be removed surgically.
However, the types of cells in which it develops are also in the breast and the cancer can develop there, but it is only rarely reported by doctors.
A 2008 case report in the World Journal of Surgical Oncology, by doctors at Deventer Hospital in the Netherlands, said: & # 39; A primary squamous cell carcinoma of the breast is an exceptional phenomenon & # 39 ;.
Another report from doctors from India, published in the Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics in 2012, said: & # 39; Primary squamous cell carcinoma of the breast is (a) mystery that is very rarely found. & # 39;
Ms. Miller believes that untreated complications from her implant replacement surgery in 2016 created the conditions for cancer development.
Ms. Miller was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in May and started chemotherapy after the birth of her daughter, Macy, in July
Mrs. Miller, pictured with her husband Shawn before her illness, chose to have both breasts removed to stop the spread of cancer
She believes she has lived with the cancer since then and said that doctors only took her seriously when she became pregnant.
Before that, they told her that the discomfort was caused by the body's response to breast implants and a development of scar tissue.
& # 39; The breast had become three times as large as when I started doing my pregnancy check-ups, it was immediately clear, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I had a six centimeter tumor on my right breast. I was diagnosed on 31 May and on 5 June I requested a full breast amputation.
& # 39; Nevertheless, doctors had blamed my boob task for not healing well and said it was the contracture that had compressed the implants. & # 39;
Mrs. Miller, who already had four children, was diagnosed with cancer while she was pregnant with her fifth (photo left). Macy (right) was born in July this year, by which time Mrs. Miller had already removed both breasts, making her unable to breastfeed
Mrs. Miller said she was angry that doctors had taken so long to discover the cause of the pain she had been living with for three years and now fears that her cancer can become deadly
Ms. Miller believes that the formation of scar tissue after surgery to replace her implants was the cause of cancer development three years ago
Mrs. Miller, pictured with her husband, said she read about other cases where squamous cell carcinoma in the breast had killed the women who got it
Ms. Miller, who said she read about just four other cases where the same condition was diagnosed in women, is afraid that the disease can be fatal.
She added: & # 39; Three of the four documented cases are the same as mine, and it makes me so nervous.
& # 39; I get angry that no one has listened to me before and that my concerns have been rejected as just the contracture of the implant.
& # 39; This contracture formed the capsule of scar tissue that allowed the cancer cells to grow.
& # 39; I cannot breastfeed for my new baby now and look to a future of uncertainty. & # 39;
WHAT IS SQUAMOUS CELCARCINOMA?
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the upper layers of the skin.
It often looks like flaky red spots, open sores, raised growths with a central dip or warts, all of which may scab or bleed.
They can become unsightly or life-threatening if they are allowed to grow.
In the US, more than one million people are diagnosed with SCC every year. The British prevalence is unclear.
SCC is mainly caused by excessive exposure to UV light from the sun or tanning beds.
People are more likely to suffer if they:
- Have beautiful hair or skin
- Work outdoors
- Are older than 50
- Have a personal or family history of the disease
- Have a suppressed immune system, such as chemotherapy or AIDS patients
Squamous cell carcinoma often looks like flaky red spots or open sores
Although SCC can occur anywhere on the body, it is most common in areas exposed to the sun, such as the face and hands.
SCCs that are detected at an early stage and removed immediately are usually curable and cause minimal damage.
Treatment usually includes surgery to remove growth, as well as radiotherapy and topical medicines.
People can reduce their risk of developing the condition by:
- Wearing a sunscreen with a high factor that is reapplied at least every two hours, or more while swimming
- Cover with clothing
- Looking for shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Do not use UV sunbeds
Source: Skin Cancer Foundation
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