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.
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.
How long does it take for inflammatory breast cancer to show? Classic inflammatory breast cancer symptoms develop fairly quickly (3 months or less), and can include swollen breasts, red skin and nipple inversion.
How is inflammatory breast cancer detected? A diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer is confirmed by breast imaging, breast core biopsy and a skin punch biopsy. Breast biopsy and skin punch biopsy involves the doctor taking a small sample of breast tissue and breast skin, respectively.