What does the beginning of 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 do IBC spots look like? Symptoms of IBC progress quickly, over three to six weeks, and may include: Areas of discoloration (red, pink or purple), a bruise or rash spread over one-third of your breast. Dimpling, pitting or thickening of your breast skin that resembles an orange peel.
What stage of cancer is inflammatory breast cancer? Inflammatory breast cancer is generally considered stage IIIB breast cancer when it is first diagnosed. It may be diagnosed as stage IV if it has spread outside the breast and lymph nodes.
Does inflammatory breast cancer appear suddenly? Inflammatory breast cancer symptoms can appear quite suddenly. Inflammatory breast cancer is often confused with an infection of the breast (mastitis). This is because the symptoms are very similar.