So you have heard the words “breast cancer,” “IBC” or “Inflammatory Breast Cancer.” You turned to the internet and googled “it” and here you are. You’ve been surfing around online trying to make sense of what is happening to you, to sort it out and to put together some sort of plan. I know, I did the same thing. That is why I started breast cancer MyStory. It is here for you so you’d have a soft space online to land when the hard diagnosis of breast cancer hits. Take your time to wander our site. In all your frantic worries of the moment, don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers (thus the photo reminder to the left that I took of some potted purple daisies on my front porch).
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This is from breastcancer.org:
What is Inflammatory Breast Cancer?
“Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 1-5% of all breast cancer cases in the United States are inflammatory breast cancers.
Inflammatory breast cancer usually starts with the reddening and swelling of the breast instead of a distinct lump. IBC tends to grow and spread quickly, with symptoms worsening within days or even hours. It’s important to recognize symptoms and seek prompt treatment. Although inflammatory breast cancer is a serious diagnosis, keep in mind that treatments today are better at controlling the disease than they used to be.
The average age at diagnosis for inflammatory breast cancer in the United States is 57 for white women and 52 for African American women. These ages are about 5 years younger than the average ages at diagnosis for other forms of breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, inflammatory breast cancer is more common in African American women. A 2008 study found that being overweight makes a person more likely to develop IBC. Like other forms of breast cancer, IBC can also affect men.
In this section, you can learn more about:
- Symptoms of Inflammatory Breast Cancer
- Diagnosis and Staging of Inflammatory Breast Cancer
- Treating Inflammatory Breast Cancer
- Follow-up Care for Inflammatory Breast Cancer“
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