BUDDY CHECK 7: Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Published: May. 7, 2019 at 4:24 PM CDT
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It may only account for between 1%-5% of all breast cancers that are diagnosed, but it's extremely dangerous and progresses rapidly.

It's called inflammatory breast cancer.

Unlike several other forms of breast cancer that can be detected by a mammogram, this cancer doesn't often present a mass at all.

Dr. Isaac Yoboah with Marshfield Clinic says, "You see signs of inflammation where you have, the skin is red, it's painful. The breast, I mean is red, it's painful, it's swollen. And, it tends to progress rapidly. So, a lot of times it looks like it's an infection, inflammation, and that's why it has that name, inflammatory breast cancer."

Dr. Yeboah says inflammatory breast cancer does appear to impact a younger age group than other forms of the disease.