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mastitis vs inflammatory breast cancer

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Terry Simpson
34 years experience General Surgery
Cancer: One is an infection and one is cancer. Mastitis is an infection and looks like inflammatory breast cancer.
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Cancer v. Infection: Inflammatory breast cancer is an aggressive subtype of invasive breast cancer, characterized by the spread of cancer cells into the lymphatics of the ... Read More
Dr. Michael Murray
32 years experience General Surgery
Major difference: Inflammatory breast cancer is a serious agressive cancer. It needs to be diagnosed early and treated agressively. It is sometimes difficult to disting ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience Radiology
Often: Symptoms are the same. Inflammatory breast cancer doesn't get better with antibiotics.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Hebert
28 years experience Pathology
cancer unlikely: Breast pain is poorly understood. Breast cancer rarely presents as breast pain. See your doctor. Mastitis would be much more common for a woman in ... Read More
Dr. Regina Hampton
22 years experience Breast Surgery
Cystic change: Fibrocystic disease/changes is very common in women. This is most often seen during the menstrual cycle. Breast feel lumpy and painful which is caus ... Read More
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
Probably not cancer: Pain under your arm and in your upper breast is probably not a breast cancer. Pain in the breast is very common. If it comes and goes with your peri ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
No: Breast infections or mastitis are not related to breast cancer.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Janet Turkle
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
Get checked!: Mastitis is due to an infection. This is usually accompanied with other signs of infection-- fever, chills. The appearance of both can be similar. Bot ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Worth checking out: Milky discharge is common and doesn't necessarily means you have breast cancer. It could be physiologic, side effects from medications or drugs, xs s ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christian Schultheis
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Like mastitis: It is red, thickened and can look like an orange peel. Referred to as peau de orange. Hope this helps.
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Lin
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Need more detail...: The surest thing to do is have doctor review a detailed history and examine the concerned area as soon as possible as described in articles listed in ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rajendra Tripathi
44 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Yes inflammatory breast cancer is quite aggressive and painful cancer of the breast good luck.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guillermo Martinez-torres
32 years experience Pathology
Yes: Most of the breast cancers occur in women; however, they do occur in men as well.

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