- Morgan Ryland was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to her liver and spine.
- Tests found that the breast cancer in her liver was a different type than in her breast.
- Women in the US should be screened for breast cancer starting at age 40.
A 37-year-old mother who has been diagnosed with two types of breast cancer warns people that the signs can be subtle and that a family history of cancer is not necessary.
morgan ryland told the people she was feeling fine, except for some problems nursing her newborn. She kept pulling away from her right breast and she noticed some pain there as well. She thought that she might have clogged ducts, or maybe mastitisan inflammation of the breast tissue associated with lactation.
Then, he saw some worrying changes in the skin. Her doctor, who agreed it was probably mastitis, ordered an ultrasound just in case, Ryland said in a instagram post. That was followed by a mammogram, another ultrasound, and three biopsies.
In the end they diagnosed stage 4 breast cancer which had spread to
his spine and his liver. But later tests revealed that the cancer in her body was a different type of cancer. breast cancer to that on his chest.
Now, Ryland is sharing his story to encourage others not to miss the subtle signs.
“My statistical chances of getting breast cancer at this stage in my life are much less than 1%. But here I am,” she wrote on Instagram.
subtle signs of breast cancer
Ryland started chemotherapy and was told that her ovaries would have to be removed later. He will also have to take medication for the rest of his life, he told People.
On paper, her risk of this diagnosis was extremely low.
She is young, with no history of breast or ovarian cancer. He has also breastfed three children, which is associated with lower risk of breast cancer.
There’s a push to test people earlier for breast cancer: New breast cancer guidelines in the US, released Tuesday, said all women should be screened for breast cancer starting at age 40, instead of 50.
However, everyone should be on the lookout for symptoms, regardless of age. The American Cancer Society said the principal breast cancer symptom which is usually the first thing a person would encounter is a new lump in the breast.
Other symptoms include breast swelling, dimpling of the skin, breast or nipple pain, nipple turning inward, red, dry, scaly, or thickened skin on the nipple or breast, discharge from the nipple (other than breast milk) and swollen lymph nodes under the arm or near the collarbone.