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Inflammatory Breast Cancer Symptoms

Smiling female cancer doctor taking notesThe symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer will typically display suddenly. Often, over a period of just a few weeks, an individual may experience a range of signs, many of which are also associated with other, less serious conditions, such as an infection. This, combined with the fact that inflammatory breast cancer is rare and often goes undetected by mammograms and other standard screenings, can often make this form of cancer difficult to diagnose. However, because inflammatory breast cancer is particularly aggressive, it is important that patients experiencing any of the common symptoms of this condition seek a comprehensive examination from a qualified physician without delay. Some of the most common warning signs include:

  • A rash or redness that covers more than one-third of the breast
  • Breast tenderness or itchiness
  • Breast warmth
  • A bruise on the breast that doesn’t go away
  • Thickened skin that may appear pitted
  • Rapid increase in the size of the breast
  • Unusual nipple discharge
  • Nipple inversion
  • Swollen lymph nodes under the arms, near the collarbone, or on the neck

At Tampa General Hospital, we offer treatment for patients who have been diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, and can address symptoms of this form of breast cancer that individuals may be experiencing. The treatment plans we develop are based on each patient’s unique needs and are formed by a collaborative and team of cancer specialists who take advantage of the most advanced diagnostic, surgical, and treatment technologies available.