Inflammatory Breast Cancer Has Diagnostic Challenges, Requires More Awareness
What is inflammatory breast cancer? What are the signs and symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer? How is inflammatory breast cancer diagnosed? How is inflammatory breast cancer treated? Further support. Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare, fast-growing type of breast cancer. It is called inflammatory because the skin of the breast looks red and inflamed.
Additional tests may be necessary to determine whether your cancer has spread to your lymph nodes or to other areas of your body. Not everyone needs every test, so your doctor will select the most appropriate tests based on your particular situation. Your doctor uses information from these tests to assign your cancer a stage. Your cancer's stage is indicated in Roman numerals. Stages of inflammatory breast cancer range from III to IV, with the higher stage indicating that cancer has spread to other areas of the body.
Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare and very aggressive disease in which cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. Inflammatory breast cancer is rare, accounting for 1 to 5 percent of all breast cancers diagnosed in the United States. Most inflammatory breast cancers are invasive ductal carcinomas, which means they developed from cells that line the milk ducts of the breast and then spread beyond the ducts. Inflammatory breast cancer progresses rapidly, often in a matter of weeks or months.