October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
What Is Inflammatory Breast Cancer?
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.
Inflammatory breast cancer accounts for 1 to 5 percent of all breast cancers diagnosed in the U.S. Most inflammatory breast cancers are invasive ductal carcinomas, which means they develop from cells that line the milk ducts of the breast and then spread beyond the ducts.