Additional features of Inflammatory Breast Cancer
— Compared with other types of breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer tends to be diagnosed at younger ages (median age of 57 years, compared with median age of 62 years for other types of breast cancer).
— It is more common and diagnosed at younger ages in African-American women than in white women. The median age at diagnosis in African-American women is 54 years, compared with a median age of 58 years in white women.
— Inflammatory breast tumors are frequently hormone receptor negative, which means that hormone therapies, such as tamoxifen, that interfere with the growth of cancer cells fueled by estrogen may not be effective against these tumors.
— Inflammatory breast cancer is more common in obese women than in women of normal weight.