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i have symptoms of what's probably mastitis, but worried about inflamatory breast cancer. ?

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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. Both conditions warrant medical evaluation and treatment. Please see a qualified physician soon.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015
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Dr. Regina Hampton
22 years experience Breast Surgery
Get seen: Both conditions can be treated. You are worried about the worst possible scenario: inflammatory breast cancer. It is a low liklihood that this is the case. The good news is that we are doing a better job at treating inflammatory breast cancer. Neither of these can be diagnosed in this forum. Find a breast surgeon or general surgeon in your area to get evaluated and treated, if necessary.
Answered on Dec 10, 2013
Dr. Travis Kidner
16 years experience Surgical Oncology
Skin Biopsy: A simple skin biopsy will give you the diagnosis.
Answered on Feb 24, 2018

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