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).
Can inflammatory breast cancer appear overnight? Inflammatory breast cancer symptoms can appear quite suddenly. Inflammatory breast cancer is often confused with an infection of the breast (mastitis).
How long does it take inflammatory breast cancer to progress? Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) causes a number of signs and symptoms, most of which develop quickly (within 3-6 months), including: Swelling (edema) of the skin of the breast. Redness involving more than one-third of the breast.
What can be mistaken for inflammatory breast cancer? Inflammatory breast cancer can easily be confused with a breast infection, which is a much more common cause of breast redness and swelling.