Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is a rare but serious form of breast cancer. It accounts for only 1% to 3% of breast cancers (American Cancer Society 2015a). Inflammatory breast cancer causes the skin of the breast to feel warm and look red. It can also give the skin a thick, pitted appearance, similar to the peel of an orange. The breast itself may get bigger or feel itchy, tender, or hard. There may not be a single lump or tumor. In its early stages, inflammatory breast cancer is often mistaken for an infection rather than a cancer, and it may not be picked up by a mammogram.

Departments and Programs Who Treat This Condition


Breast Cancer Program

BMC’s Breast Health Program provides collaborative, multidisciplinary care to patients with breast cancer from the first consultation through treatment and follow-up visits.