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Inflammatory Breast Cancer | Learn symptoms and how to detect it.
Breast Cancer
  • Women using birth control methods that involve hormones, like the pill or an IUD, had a 20% increased risk of breast cancer.  There was an increased breast cancer risk of  9% for women on the birth control over a year, and up to 38% if they were on it for 10 years or more. 

    Most of these breast cancers were found in women in their 40's, and women using hormones for less than 5 years had no increased risk after being off them for 6 months.  Researchers also found a similar breast cancer risk with a few other contraceptives.  The overall increased risk was small but meaningful, amounting to one extra case of breast cancer among 7,700 women using such contraceptives per year. 

    Other known cancer risk factors include alcohol use and limited physical activity.  Breast-feeding is a protective factor.  (source:  "Contemporary Hormonal Contraception and the Risk of Breast Cancer," New England Journal of Medicine; "Birth control pills modestly raise risk of breast cancer," and "Study links birth control pills to breast cancer," by Dr. Jon LaPook and Dr. David Agus, CBS News, December 6, 2017)
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) is the most aggressive form of breast cancer.  IBC is a silent killer which every woman must learn about. 

    IBC is a breast cancer which is not detected as a lump.
      IBC is nests or sheets of cancer.  The cancer clogs breast tissue vessels.  A mammogram will not detect IBC; however, IBC is a cancer that can easily be seen by thermal imaging due to its inflammatory nature.

    Most women have never heard of IBC. 
    Often doctors will diagnose the symptom as an insect bite.  If this symptom does not disappear within one week, seek another opinion. The best way to detect IBC is with an MRI or a biopsy.

    Inflammatory Breast Cancer Symptoms:
Red area, similar to an insect bite
Rapid increase in breast size.
Skin hot to the touch
Persistent itching
Thickening of breast tissue
Inverted nipple


  • 1 out of 8 women will develop breast cancer. That number is expected to increase to 1 in 5 within the next 10 years.

    • The breast cancers that strike women in their 40s are often more aggressive, accounting for about 17% of deaths from the disease. 

    • 85% of breast cancers have no family history

    • 80% of breast cancers are Estrogen Receptor Positive, meaning estrogen is feeding the tumor

    • Washington state is one of the highest in the nation for breast cancer

    • 1 in every 1,000 men will get breast cancer

    • 200,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 die from the disease annually

    • A majority of insurance companies do not provide mammograms fro women under the age of 50, but nearly half of deaths from breast cancer occur in women who are under the age of 50.

    • Breast cancer is a leading cause of death for U.S. females, where one in 30 women will die of breast cancer. The death rate for heart disease is significantly higher at one in seven.

    • About 1.6 million breast biopsies are performed each year nationwide. “Biopsy specialists frequently misdiagnose breast tissue, potentially leading to too-aggressive treatment for some women and under-treatment for others, a study suggest.”

    • Pathologists in one study only diagnosed abnormal, pre-cancerous cells correctly about half the time.

      (Source:  Green Living Monthly magazine, December 2012; SR, Monte Morin, “Mammograms don’t reduce cancer deaths, study finds”, 2-12-14; The Spokesman-Review, Tricia Jo Webster, “Beyond Pink”, 10-2-16; Spokane Journal of Business, Newswise, “Some women underestimate heart disease risk, study says”, 6-2-16; The Spokesman-Review, Lindsey Tanner, “Study questions biopsy accuracy”, 3-18-15)

Local Organizations
Additional Resources
3131 N. Division St.
Spokane, WA   99201
(509) 324-8612
Mon-Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm; Sat. 10 am - 4 pm
Mastectomy Products

Cancer Care Northwest Foundation
1204 N. Vercler
Spokane Valley, WA  99216
Offers financial support for basic necessities such as transportation, prescriptions, groceries and rent; Counseling for children and families through Kidz Count Support Group; Community resource referrals. 

Faye's House
7594 Hwy 291
Ford, WA   
Gives breast cancer patients a place to go and rest while they are in active treatment. 

The Essential Woman Boutique
507 S. Sherman Street
Spokane, WA  99202
Hours:  Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday by appointment
A special place for women with cancer.  A large selection of wigs and wig accessories, hats and scarves.  Mastectomy wear, mastectomy swimwear, and skin-care products.