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How is inflammatory breast cancer different from other types of breast cancer? Why is it difficult to detect and diagnose?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Inflammatory BC

Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare and very aggressive disease in which cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin of the breast.
This type of breast cancer is called “inflammatory” because the breast often looks swollen and red, or “inflamed.” inflammatory breast cancer accounts for 1 to 5 percent of all breast cancers diagnosed in the United States. It is often misdiagnosed as an infection.

In brief: Inflammatory BC

Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare and very aggressive disease in which cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin of the breast.
This type of breast cancer is called “inflammatory” because the breast often looks swollen and red, or “inflamed.” inflammatory breast cancer accounts for 1 to 5 percent of all breast cancers diagnosed in the United States. It is often misdiagnosed as an infection.
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