Factors that increase the risk of inflammatory breast cancer include:

  • Being a woman. Women are more likely to be diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer than are men — but men can develop inflammatory breast cancer, too.
  • Being black. Black women have a higher risk of inflammatory breast cancer than do white women.
  • Increasing age. The risk of inflammatory breast cancer increases with age.
  • Being obese. Women who are obese have a greater risk of inflammatory breast cancer compared with women of normal weight.
March 12, 2015

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