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11/13/2016Hello Lily, if it is still you who answers these questions. I wrote a lot of questions to you, about a year ago. I wound up having two areas in one breast of Atypical Ductile Hyperplasia, and two lumpectomies to remove those areas and check for whether or not there was cancer in those areas. I got lucky, but I am, of course now at even higher risk for developing breast cancer.
My grandmother died of bilateral breast cancer at age 35, in 1921. I recently came upon a cousin's family heritage document. In it, he wrote that my grandmother died of, "bleeding cancer of the breasts." Is this terminology still used? Sounds awful. Thank you.
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11/13/2016yes, its still me answering these questions each day, every day. no, such terminology isn't used anymore. she must have had a terrible death though. this means her tumors grew and burst through the skin of the breast. we refer to it as a fungating tumor. terrible.

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