Inflammatory Breast Cancer
Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare form of breast cancer. Cancer is the uncontrolled division and growth of cells. As the cancer cells grow, they crowd out healthy cells and interfere with normal body processes. In most cases, the cell growth forms a mass (ie, tumor). However, IBC cells grow in more of a sheet-like shape.
IBC is an aggressive form of cancer that can be hard to detect. It may look like mastitis, which is simply inflammation of the breast. Early diagnosis and treatment are important. The sooner treatment is started for IBC, the more favorable the outcome.
Breast Changes Associated With IBC
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Last reviewedNovember 2012by Mohei Abouzied, MD
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