What does inflammatory breast cancer look like? Symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer include swelling (edema) and redness (erythema) that affect a third or more of the breast. The skin of the breast may also appear pink, reddish purple, or bruised. In addition, the skin may have ridges or appear pitted, like the skin of an orange (called peau d’orange).
What were your first signs of inflammatory breast cancer?
- Pain in the breast.
- Skin changes in the breast area.
- A bruise on the breast that doesn’t go away.
- Sudden swelling of the breast.
- Itching of the breast.
- Nipple changes or discharge.
- Swelling of the lymph nodes under the arm or in the neck.
What does an IBC spot look like? A small red spot that looks very much like an insect bite or rash can be an early sign of IBC. This type of breast cancer is aggressive. It usually involves the lymph nodes by the time of diagnosis.
How long can you have IBC without knowing? For inflammatory breast cancer to be diagnosed, these symptoms must have been present for less than six months.