Breast Cancer - Inflammatory: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 11/2016

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of women who are diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer each year. You will read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on many factors. Use the menu to see other pages.

Inflammatory breast cancer makes up an estimated 1% to 5% of all breast cancers. Nearly all cases are diagnosed in women. Because inflammatory breast cancer can grow and spread quickly, this cancer often spreads to the lymph nodes around the breast. This means it is often at a locally advanced stage when it is diagnosed.

For inflammatory breast cancer, survival rates vary depending on the stage, tumor grade, certain features of the cancer, and the treatment a woman receives. For stage III of the disease, the median survival rate is 57 months. For stage IV, it is 21 months.

It is important to note that new treatments are ahead of published statistics. Women diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer today may have higher survival rates than in the past because doctors now have a better understanding of how to treat inflammatory breast cancer.

It is also important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for women with inflammatory cancer are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on women with this cancer in the United States. Women should talk with their doctor if they have questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Sources: National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society.

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