Breast Cancer - Inflammatory: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 08/2014

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many people are diagnosed with this type of cancer each year and some general survival information. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

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 is often locally advanced, meaning it has spread to areas around the breast, when it is first diagnosed. For this reason, it may be treated similarly to a later-stage breast cancer.

The five-year survival rate is the percentage of people who survive at least five years after the cancer is found. Survival rates vary between 11% and 49% depending on the stage, tumor grade, certain features of the cancer, and the treatment a woman receives. It is important to note that new treatments are ahead of published statistics. Women diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer today may have much higher survival rates because doctors now have a better understanding of how to treat inflammatory breast cancer.

Cancer survival statistics should be interpreted with caution. These estimates are based on data from thousands of people with this type of cancer in the United States, so the actual risk for a particular individual may be different. It is not possible to tell a person how long he or she will live with inflammatory breast cancer. Because survival statistics for inflammatory breast cancer are measured in multi-year intervals, they may not represent recent advances made in the treatment or diagnosis of this cancer. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Source: National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society.

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