Inflammatory Breast Cancer
What is inflammatory breast cancer?
Inflammatory breast cancer is one of the most dangerous types of breast cancer. This cancer can occur in women of any age group but rarely in men. This cancer is called as inflammatory because most of the symptoms of this breast cancer are resembles an inflammation. This inflammatory breast cancer can present with different signs and symptoms, frequently without detectable tumors and therefore it is not even detected by mammogram or ultrasound. The typical presentation of inflammatory breast cancer includes rapid swelling, changes in the skin color and nipple retraction.
Signs and symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer
The inflammatory breast cancer causes numerous signs and symptoms, which will often occur together.
- Breast warmth
- Redness involving more than one-third of the breast
- Thickening (edema/swelling) of the skin of the breast
- The breast may become harder
- Pitting or ridging of the skin of the breast so that it may look like orange peel
Sometimes the breast nipple will become inverted and the texture of the skin may have the orange peel. The swelling at the breast skin can cause one breast to look larger when compared to the other. The breast will become warm when you touch and you will feel heavy compared to the other one. The breast may also become tender, painful and itchy.
The tenderness, itchy skin, redness, and warmth are also considered as the common symptoms of breast infection or inflammation. The doctor will treat the infection with antibiotics this is the good first step. But still, the symptoms do not get better in 7 to 10 days the tests like mammogram or ultrasound should be done to find out the real cause.
The inflammatory breast cancer grows rapidly before you wake up about cancer this may have already spread into the lymph nodes. This spreading of this cancer causes lymph nodes under the arm or above the collarbone swollen. If you delay in diagnosing it cancer will become more advanced and spread into the lymph nodes in the chest and in other distant areas.
If you experience any of the above symptoms immediately consult a gynecologist.