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This month's tip is from
Robert Cohen, MD
Breast Surgeon

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Inova Breast Care Institute


Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare but very aggressive type of breast cancer. It occurs when cancer cells block the lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. It is called inflammatory because the breast can look swollen and red.
Symptoms may include redness, swelling, and warmth in the breast, often without a distinct lump. The skin may also appear pink, reddish purple, or bruised and may also have ridges or appear pitted, like the skin of an orange.

These symptoms usually develop fast —over a few weeks or months. However, it is important to note that these symptoms may also be signs of other infection, injury, or other types of cancer. As always, checking with your doctor when you notice any change in your breast is the best move.

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