Can inflammatory breast cancer be seen on mammogram? Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) differs from other types of breast cancer in many ways: IBC doesn’t look like a typical breast cancer. It often does not cause a breast lump, and it might not show up on a mammogram. This makes it harder to diagnose.
Can inflammatory breast cancer be diagnosed by ultrasound? Inflammatory breast cancer may not show up on a mammogram or ultrasound and is often misdiagnosed as an infection. By the time it’s diagnosed, it usually has grown into the skin of your breast. Sometimes, it has already spread to other parts of the body, too.
What does the beginning of inflammatory breast cancer look like? Symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer include swelling (edema) and redness (erythema) that affect a third or more of the breast. The skin of the breast may also appear pink, reddish purple, or bruised. In addition, the skin may have ridges or appear pitted, like the skin of an orange (called peau d’orange).
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.