Nearly all forms of breast cancer can be detected by a mammogram but the rarest and most aggressive form is also among the hardest to diagnose — and the deadliest.
Inflammatory breast cancer resembles an infection or bruising to the surface of the breast. The disease occurs in only about two of every 100,000 breast cancer cases nationwide and is almost always diagnosed in later stages, according to medical oncologist Dr. Sue Prill, who will manage the new breast cancer treatment center at Bristol Regional Medical Center.
“Inflammatory breast cancer is one we fortunately don’t see very often. Up until a few years ago, it was considered 100 percent fatal,” Prill said. “It has very bad characteristics and it’s very aggressive.”