Keep reading to learn more about the symptoms, treatment, and prognosis of the disease.
Signs and symptoms
Many kinds of breast cancer often begin with a lump in the breast.
Inflammatory breast cancer, however, usually starts with the breast feeling heavy and appearing red and swollen.
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Other symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer include:
- redness affecting one-third or more of the breast, which may become more pronounced and then seem to fade
- swelling or rapid growth in the breast
- a breast that feels hard to touch
- noticeable aching, tenderness, or hot feeling in the breast
- a nipple that seems to flatten out or move sideways
- changes to the skin of the breast, such as developing hives or welts or an orange peel texture
Image credit: Wang M, Hou L, Chen M et al., 2007.
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