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Doctor insights on: Early Signs Of Inflammatory Breast Cancer

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How to know if I have early signs/symptoms of breast cancer?

How to know if I have early signs/symptoms of breast cancer?

Get a Mammogram: The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends getting a baseline mammogram by age 40. Please see your physician for a breast check and bilateral mammograms.
Breast cancer is usually silent with no signs/symptoms.
Some women do have a palpable lump which is often not painful.
Any bloody nipple discharge or any lump should be further evaluted with imaging and by your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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Inflammatory Breast Cancer (Definition)

Inflammatory breast cancer describes a particularly rare and aggresive form of breast cancer most commonly arising from the cells which line the milk ducts in the breasts. Quickly dividing cancer cells block the normal flow of blood and lymph fluid out of the breast causing trapped white blood cells to release inflammatory chemicals which cause the earliest symptoms of tender, warm, red and swollen breasts with ...Read more


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How do you treat painful at all. What are the early signs of breast cancer?

How do you treat painful at all. What are the early signs of breast cancer?

See below: The first part of your question is unclear. You may consult this site for early signs of cancer, however, if you have any concern, it would be prudent to see your doctor. The usual signs are lump in the breast, nipple discharge, changes in skin over the breast, enlarged lymph glands in axilla etc.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/breast-cancer/ds00328/dsection=symptoms. ...Read more

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What are some early signs and symptoms of breast cancer?

What are some early signs and symptoms of breast cancer?

None to lump: Most breast cancers are picked up on routine mammography in asymptomatic women. Others have lumps, pain, discharge, skin rash at nipple, axillary lumps (lymph nodes). Strong family hx important. ...Read more

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What are some early signs and symptoms of breast cancer (besides a lump)?

What are some early signs and symptoms of breast cancer (besides a lump)?

Abn Mammogram: Aside from a lump, there are very few signs and symptoms of early breast cancer. When the cancer has reached a considerable size, it can cause skin changes (such as dimpling, thickening), bloody/clear discharge, and/or pain. By leaps and bounds, the earliest sign of a breast cancer is an abnormality found on routine screening mammography. Mammograms save lives! ...Read more

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At what usual age does a woman start noticing the early signs/symptoms of breast cancer?

At what usual age does a woman start noticing the early signs/symptoms of breast cancer?

Older: The older a woman becomes the risks of breast cancer can increase there are no early symptoms of breast cancer. Early breast cancers are only seen on mammogram and are too small to feel and cause no symptoms. Start yearly mammograms at age 40 and have yearly physical exams. ...Read more

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Is breast pain associated with inflamitory breast cancer?

Is breast pain associated with inflamitory breast cancer?

Symptom: It can be a symptom of such, but it is more common a symptom of several other conditions. Get an evaluation to be sure of what is causing any breast pain. ...Read more

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Signs and symptoms for early breast tumor/breast cancer?

Signs and symptoms for early breast tumor/breast cancer?

Usually None: There are usually no signs or symptoms for early breast cancer. It is important to perform your breast cancer screening as recommended by your physician. The best chance for a cure is with early detection. ...Read more

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What are signs of inflammatory breast cancer?

What are signs of inflammatory breast cancer?

Looks like infection: Ibc occurs suddenly with breast pain, redness, or swelling or a rash. Mammograms are often negative because the tumor cells grow in a sheet and don't form a lump. It is very fast-growing and spreads quickly. Immediate chemotherapy is needed. It looks like an infection, so doctors often try antibiotics first, delaying diagnosis. See a medical oncologist immediately if you have these symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the best method of detecting breast cancer early?

What is the best method of detecting breast cancer early?

Yearly Mammography: Screening mammography has been proven to find cancers well before they become palpable (and save lives). Mri is even more sensitive than a mammogram but is cost-prohibitive; in the right setting, it can be very effective. Self-examination is a bit less beneficial, but if done regularly, it can identify cancers that may otherwise be missed on mammography. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my symptoms are a sign of breast cancer?

How can I tell if my symptoms are a sign of breast cancer?

What symptoms?: No matter, no doctor on health tap can tell you if you have cancer or not without an exam. Go see your doc please. ...Read more

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Should I feel pain during the early stages of breast cancer?

Should I feel pain during the early stages of breast cancer?

Not usually but it c: Most early stage breast cancers present as a painless lump. But pain itself does not mean much. It is the presence of a lump when you feel your breast with the flat part of your fingers that should alert you to a possibility of breast cancer. Any lump means that you need to see your doctor for examination in order to confirm it and guide you further. ...Read more

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How can early-stage breast cancer be treated?

How can early-stage breast cancer be treated?

Complex: Always surgery: mastectomy and lumpectomy. In either case, a sentinel node biopsy in the armpit (axilla) will be done and possibly a full axillary node dissection. Usually (if > 1cm and/or estrogen receptor negative) chemotherapy and/or hormonal blockade. Often radiotherapy: if no mastectomy or if mastectomy and + lymph nodes. ...Read more

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How is early-stage breast cancer typically treated?

How is early-stage breast cancer typically treated?

Surgery first: Surgery comes first to remove the tumor and some lymph nodes in the armpit. Depending on the sub-type of breast cancer, chemotherapy (if necessary) comes next. Radiation comes next if breast-sparing surgery was done. Finally, if the tumor has the estrogen receptor, anti-estrogen pills are given for five years. ...Read more

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Is one month of breast pain a sign of breast cancer?

Is one month of breast pain a sign of breast cancer?

Not usually: A particular or focal area of pain should be investigated with mammogram and/or sonogram, but breast pain all over is usually fibrocystic/hormonal pain. Breast cancer is usually a painless, hard, non-movable lump. Anytime you are concerned about changes in your breast, consult your doctor to see if additional testing is needed. ...Read more

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What are some typical signs and symptoms of breast cancer?

What are some typical signs and symptoms of breast cancer?

Breast lump: Common symptoms and signs include the presence of a lump, nipple discharge, nipple inversion, and/or dimpling of the skin. While cancers typically do not cause pain, a painful lump still must be considered a cancer until proven otherwise. Rare forms of cancer may look like a breast infection (redness and swelling of the breast) or a scaly rash on the nipple. ...Read more

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Extreme pain in breasts. Could this be a sign of breast cancer or something else?

Extreme pain in breasts. Could this be a sign of breast cancer or something else?

Unlikely: Pain is usually not the presenting symptom of breast cancer - unless the cancer is advanced and growing through the skin. Breast cancer mostly presents as a palpable lump or a mammographic finding. See your md for a good history and physical. Ultrasound, mammogram, or MRI could be indicated if there is a suspicious finding. ...Read more

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What are the sure signs and symptoms of a breast cancer? On what age does it occur?

What are the sure signs and symptoms of a breast cancer? On what age does it occur?

Dominant mass: If not found very early on mammography, a breast cancer usually announces itself as a painless mass in the breast. They are rare in women before age 30. A majority of breast lumps are benign but the lab usually needs to make the final call on tissue. They are much less common in men but do occur; a lump under one or both of a man's nipples is usually gynecomastia, which is benign. ...Read more

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Can itchy breasts be a sign of breast cancer?

Can itchy breasts be a sign of breast cancer?

Not usually: Painless lump is the main sign of breast cancer. So look for any lump. Otherwise go see a skin specialist (dermatologist in case the itching is severe or getting worse...It may go away on its own if it is minor probelm. ...Read more

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Is having a small lump inside my breast a sign of breast cancer?

Is having a small lump inside my breast a sign of breast cancer?

Many Possibilities: In my surgical practice, the most common cause of a well-defined breast lump is a cyst. This can easily be differentiated from a tumor by ultrasound or needle aspiration. If the lump is solid, it may be due to a benign tumor (ie, fibroadenoma) or a cancer; the only way to determine this is by tissue diagnosis, which can usually be done by needle-biopsy in the office or breast center. ...Read more

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I have a red blotch on my breast next to my ariola. Is this a sign of breast cancer?

I have a red blotch on my breast next to my ariola. Is this a sign of breast cancer?

See you doc: You should bring this to the attention of your friendly primary care physician. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of male breast cancer?

What are the signs and symptoms of male breast cancer?

Painless lump: Breast cancer appear in men as silent painless lump, often ignored then as fixed ulcerated mass. 1% of breast cancers are in men, as diagnosis is done in late stages, prognosis is poor, due to lack awareness in men cause delayed treatment. Early diagnosis, is the key for cure. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of screening early for breast cancer?

What are the benefits of screening early for breast cancer?

Early detection: The earlier breast cancers are caught, the more likely they can be cured. Screening mammograms starting at age 40 can save 1 life for every 450-1000 mammograms done (depending on the study.) screening detects breast cancer at an early stage. ...Read more

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Is mammogram or ultrasound best for early breast cancer detection?

Mammogram: Mammograms are generally better at screening for breast cancer. Ultrasound is used more for a focus evaluation of an area of the breast that might be suspicious or appear abnormal. ...Read more

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Please post pictures of inflammatory breast cancer in early stages?

Please post pictures of inflammatory breast cancer in early stages?

Swelling, redness: You can google photos (images) for inflammatory breast cancer. There is not 1 picture. This is a hard diagnosis to make because there is not a mass. There is often redness, swelling, orange peel like changes. It is often confused with an infection. If you think anything is abnormal, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is coughing out blood or having chest pains a sign of breast cancer?

Is coughing out blood or having chest pains a sign of breast cancer?

It is a sign alright: It is a sign of nothing good. Get it checked out by a physician. Without also having a size able lump in your breast or a past history of breast cancer, I think it is rather unlikely that these are signs of breast cancer, however. ...Read more

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Why is herceptin (trastuzumab) licensed for use of advanced but not early breast cancer?

Why is herceptin (trastuzumab) licensed for use of advanced but not early breast cancer?

Used in both setting: For your information, Herceptin (trastuzumab) is used and indicated for both settings- for early breast cancer- at least is given for 1 year - as well as for advanced metastatic breast cancer. ...Read more

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What are signs that someones body is shutting down due to stage 4 metastatic breast cancer?

What are signs that someones body is shutting down due to stage 4 metastatic breast cancer?

It varies: Advanced cancers lead to increasing impairment of mobility due to weakness, loss of weight or organ failure. Your doctor can help you more by checking the patient. And the reports of their burden of cancer. Anyone who is eating well and fully mobile, is not close to 'shuting down'. ...Read more

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Is the change in direction of a nipple when its starting getting erected a sign of breast cancer?

Is the change in direction of a nipple when its starting getting erected a sign of breast cancer?

Not likely: But breast or nipple changes should be examined by a doctor to be sure. Breast cancer may present as a firm lump or less commonly nipple inversion, and early breast cancer will have little or no findings. You cannot be sure until you see a doctor for a physical examination & possibly a mammogram. ...Read more

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Could you get ovarian cancer if you don't have family history and you never had breast cancer early.?

Could you get ovarian cancer if you don't have family history and you never had breast cancer early.?

Hereditary cancers: Only 10-15% of ovarian cancers are hereditary (passed through a family). So, most cases of ovarian cancer happen in women with no family history or personal history. ...Read more

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What do risk factors for breast cancer such as early menarche, late menopause, & nullipara have in common?

What do risk factors for breast cancer such as early menarche, late menopause, & nullipara have in common?

Hormone: Longer exposure to higher levels of estrogen hormones is suggested, but these statistical findings are a measurement of increased risks. The statistics are not meant to tell us why things happen, they only measure what is seen in the us population. See gail risk model measurements. ...Read more

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Dr I came to know that breast cancer causes misscarriage, is it true? Breast cancer causes early stage miscarriages?!

Dr I came to know that breast cancer causes misscarriage, is it true? Breast cancer causes early stage miscarriages?!

NO: But any treatment for breast cancer other than surgery could cause fetal abnormalities
use ultrasound instead of mammogram to safely image the breast and guide biopsy if needed. ...Read more

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25, pain (like pressing on a bruise) in lower outer part of both breasts. 1st cousin diagnosed in early 20s with Breast cancer. Should I be worried?

25, pain (like pressing on a bruise) in lower outer part of both breasts. 1st cousin diagnosed in early 20s with Breast cancer. Should I be worried?

See your doctor: Given your family history and your symptoms it is advised that you go and see your primary care physician so he can examine you. It is unlikely that what you are experiencing is from cancer but you should absolutely be evaluated by your doctor to make sure. If these painful areas in your breast fluctuate relative to your period it is likely the milk producing part of your breast tissue changing. ...Read more

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What can cause pain under the arm? Is this a sign of breast? Grandmother recently died of breast cancer. How common is breast cancer in a 24 year old?

Many things, no, not: Several things can cause pain under your arm. Breast cancer is usually a painless event and most commonly found by ultrasound, mammogram or by physical examination with evidence of a lump or mass. Breast cancer is relatively infrequent in 24-year-olds ...Read more

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Too young for a mammogram? Breast cancer runs in my family, and I'm really concerned about my own health. I'm only 17 - is it too early to get a mammogram?

Too young for a mammogram? Breast cancer runs in my family, and I'm really concerned about my own health. I'm only 17 - is it too early to get a mammogram?

It is too young: For a screening mammogram, but not too young for a risk profile if you have a strong family history. Has anyone in your family been tested for the BRCA gene? Sometimes screening begins in the 20s for BRCA carriers or other very high risk individuals. ...Read more

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What are the signs of male breast cancer or infection?

They are generally: The same signs as females have. For cancer, a lump. For infection, pain, redness, swelling, and maybe a lump. ...Read more

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How early can you diagnose breast cancer?

How early can you diagnose breast cancer?

VERY early!: How? Regular mammograms. As many as a third of all breast cancers detected by mammography are stage 0 (dcis), with cure rates that approach 100%. Furthermore, cancers can often be detected on mammography years before they could ever be palpated. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a sign of breast cancer?

How do I know if I have a sign of breast cancer?

Varies: Often no signs - if picked up on mammogram. Otherwise a growing mass in the breast, or lung in the armpit, nipple discharge or inversion, edema of the breast, or redness of the breast. Also a sudden change in breast size. ...Read more

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It hurts when I touch under my boobs. Is this a sign of breast cancer?

No: Breast cancer is essentially a painless mass growing in breast tissue. It is best felt and distinguished when lying down with the effected side having the arm placed behind the head. Using the oppositie hand one then feels a firm lump which really doesn't move around. Pain under the breast crease, especially when sitting up is usually inflammation in tissue in the region of the breast crease. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. Often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more