Inflammatory breast cancer IBC is an uncommon type of invasive breast cancer that typically makes the skin on the breast look red and feel warm. It also may give the breast skin a thick, pitted appearance that looks a lot like an orange peel. These changes are caused by cancer cells blocking lymph vessels in the skin. Because inflammatory breast cancer has reached these vessels and has caused changes in the skin, it is considered to be at least a stage III breast cancer. IBC that has spread to other parts of the body is considered stage IV.
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Patients with inflammatory breast cancer tend to be younger than patients with other types of breast cancer the majority are 40 to 59 years old at diagnosis and they are also somewhat more likely to be African American or pregnant at the time of diagnosis. Women with inflammatory breast cancer are more likely to develop contralateral breast cancer cancer in the initially non-cancerous breast than women with comparably staged non-inflammatory breast cancer. Women with IBC typically present with a history of less than six months of rapid breast enlargement and redness of the skin. Other possible symptoms include breast or underarm pain, a sensation of heat in the breast, skin ridging, and an orange peel-like appearance of the overlying skin.
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