New York: Most women are unaware of the unusual symptoms of a particularly aggressive and deadly form of the disease known as inflammatory breast cancer, according to a new US-based survey.
The survey, which was conducted online among 1,100 American women aged 18 and over, found that while 4 in 5 women (78%) recognize a lump in the breast as a sign of breast cancer, less half of women report breast redness. breast (44%), pitting/thickening of the skin (44%) or one breast being warmer or heavier than the other (34%) as possible symptoms of breast cancer; specifically, the rare and very aggressive form of the disease known as inflammatory breast cancer.
“Women should be aware that drastic breast changes are not normal and breast self-examination is always very important. About 50% of inflammatory breast cancers are diagnosed as stage 4 disease,” said the researcher Ko Un Park of Ohio State University. .
The disease can occur in any part of the breast and in any molecular sub-form of the disease. It is often misdiagnosed because it mimics symptoms similar to a breast infection. These signs include an orange peel-like texture or dimpling of the skin; feeling of heaviness; skin tightening; breast engorgement; and infection-like redness.
Park noted that even in the medical community, doctors and providers aren’t used to seeing a red breast as a sign associated with inflammatory breast cancer because it’s such a rare condition.
“Although inflammatory breast cancer accounts for only 1-5% of all breast cancers in the United States, it’s a sneaky and difficult disease to diagnose,” Park said.
“It is essential that clinicians have a high level of familiarity with its subtle signs and be prepared to take immediate action to avoid late diagnosis,” Park added.