Symptoms of IBC are:
- redness, swelling, warmth in the breast (often WITHOUT the distinct lump that we are all trained to look for...)
- breast may also appear pink, reddish purple, or bruised
- skin may also have ridges or appear pitted, like the skin of an orange
- Other symptoms include heaviness, burning, aching, increase in breast size, tenderness, or a nipple that is inverted (facing inward).
These symptoms usually develop quickly—over a period of weeks or months. Swollen lymph nodes may also be present under the arm, above the collarbone, or in both places.
Please watch the following video for more information on IBC:
My intent on posting this is not to scare you, it is to make you aware of another type of breast cancer that you may or may not know exists. My eyes were definitely opened today, and I will certainly keep this in mind during my monthly breasts exams. I encourage you to do your own research on this disease and pass this information on to every woman you know... It may save her life!
Here are some links I found useful: