Meet Leslie, Lobular Breast Cancer
My name is Leslie Ferris Yerger, and I was diagnosed with Stage IV lobular breast cancer de novo, meaning there was no diagnosis previously at an earlier stage. This is not so uncommon with lobular breast cancer, since it is notoriously difficult to see on both mammograms and ultrasound. Lobular breast cancer is known as the sneaky breast cancer, not only evading regular screening, but it also spreads to unusual places like the stomach, skin, or eyes. Lobular cancer makes up 10-15% of all breast cancers diagnosed. More research is needed on lobular, and we need to figure out how to find it earlier, since it ‘sneaks around’ mammography and is often not diagnosed until later stage!