How quickly does inflammatory breast cancer appear? Inflammatory breast cancer progresses rapidly, often in a matter of weeks or months. At diagnosis, inflammatory breast cancer is either stage III or IV disease, depending on whether cancer cells have spread only to nearby lymph nodes or to other tissues as well.
What mimics with inflammatory breast cancer? Benign inflammatory breast conditions that mimic malignancy include infectious mastitis and breast abscess, granulomatous mastitis, and lymphocytic mastopathy. Proliferative breast conditions that mimic malignancy include fat necrosis, stromal fibrosis, and sclerosing adenosis.
Does inflammatory breast cancer show on ultrasound? If a physician suspects IBC, it can be detected with a few different imaging tools, such as ultrasounds or MRI mammograms. The problem with these tests is that they are not completely reliable in detecting IBC; a mammogram alone, for example, only has about a 68% detection rate of IBC.
How is inflammatory breast diagnosed? Inflammatory breast cancer is diagnosed by a biopsy, taking out a small piece of the breast tissue and looking at it in the lab. This might mean a punch biopsy of the breast skin that is abnormal.