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Inflammatory Breast Cancer


Clayton Polowy, MD is a medical oncologist and practices at Banner Desert Medical Center.

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ASK THE EXPERT: Inflammatory Breast Cancer - Full Transcription

Text:     This video is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is not intended to
provide professional medical advice or any other professional service. If medical or other professional assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.

Audio:  Opening Theme Music

Text:     Banner Health Presents:
             Ask the Expert

Text: Inflammatory Breast Cancer
Text: Clayton Polowy, MD
Medical Oncologist
Banner Desert Medical Center

Image: Clayton Polowy, MD, speaks on-camera throughout video.

Audio:  “Inflammatory breast cancer is a very rare but aggressive type of breast cancer that mimics inflammation or infection. It gets its name because it often presents with redness or swelling of the breast, but infection is not the cause of inflammatory breast cancer. It’s typically caused by tumor cells that invade the lymphatics and cause skin changes.”

Text: *Very Rare
           *5% of all Breast Cancers Diagnosed

Audio:  “Inflammatory breast cancer is very rare. It represents approximately five percent of all breast cancers diagnosed in the United States.”

Text: Does not present with a lump

Audio:  “The biggest difference to remember about inflammatory breast cancer is it typically does not present with a lump. Therefore, women may delay contacting their physician to discuss the changes that they’ve noticed in their breasts.”

Text: Symptoms:
 *Skin change

Audio: “Symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer include any of the following: Pain can be a common symptom. Any skin change. Any quick or sudden swelling of the breast is also common. If there is redness or a warmth that can be found, or sometimes nipple retraction – an indentation of the nipple is something to be looking for.”

Text  Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Audio: “Inflammatory breast cancer is typically diagnosed with a skin biopsy. Also a mammogram, an ultrasound or an MRI may be helpful.” 

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