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is inflamatory breast cancer diagnosed visually?

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Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
No: No, definitive diagnosis of breast cancer is done by biopsy.
Answered on Feb 9, 2014
Dr. Michael Zadeh
16 years experience General Surgery
Inflam. Breast Ca: There are certain visual clues on physical exam which may raise suspicion for an inflammatory breast cancer. However, like all other breast cancers, the definitive diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer is made with a biopsy. For inflammatory breast cancer, it's important that the biopsy includes the skin in the area.
Answered on Feb 10, 2014

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