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Inflammatory breast cancer

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Inflammatory breast cancer is rare, blamed for just 1% of all breast cancer cases, but IBC is really scary because it's not traditional, there may not even be a lump, and it's very aggressive.      

Gaynell Ash was diagnosed 2 years ago, and spends a lot of her time now educating other women about the differences in this kind of breast cancer.

 "It presents with redness, swelling of the breast, itching and pain and most people think breast cancer doesn't hurt, but it can. You could be told it's a cat scratch or a bug bite, delayed diagnosis is not good," says Ash.

Since IBC is more web like, it doesn't show up on a mammogram like a lump would. That's why it is often misdiagnosed as a rash, until the cancer has progressed to stage 3 or 4.      

So, if you have pain in the breast or a rash with a thick texture in the skin you need to talk to your doctor.

 If you'd like to learn more about IBC, go to www.cancer.gov.

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