What is inflammatory breast cancer?
This is rare, aggressive, and accounts for less than five per cent of breast cancers. Cancer cells may not form a lump, but grow along the lymph vessels, blocking them. It’s called inflammatory as the skin looks red. Symptoms can develop quickly and may include redness, warmth or swelling, tenderness in the breast and persistent itching. The breast may also be painful, but this isn’t always the case. Other symptoms include ridges or thickening of the skin, pitted skin – like orange peel – a lump, or an inverted nipple.