There are images below on this page are graphic medical photos of inflammatory breast cancer.  We are sharing these photos for educational purposes.

We hear a great deal about prevention and early detection in cancer.  While cancer prevention may never be 100 percent effective, many things (such as quitting smoking and eating healthy foods) can greatly reduce a person’s risk for developing cancer, the causes for IBC are unknown and there is not a form of detection prior to a stage three.

This lack of early detection can cause great emotional stress, so it is important that if you are diagnosed with IBC to understand your late stage diagnosis was not your fault.  There is not a way to know you have IBC until the outward physical signs are presented.

Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) symptoms may include:

•    Breast swelling, which one breast is suddenly larger than the other
•    Breast that feels warm to touch and may look infected
•    Itching or shooting pain
•    A dimpling of the breast skin that looks like an orange peel (peau d’orange)
•    Thickening of the skin
•    Flattened or discolored nipple
•    Swelling in underarm or only on one side of neck
•    Might feel lump, however lumps are not common in IBC.

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Symptoms and signs of Inflammatory Breast Cancer


The classic swelling associated with inflammatory breast cancer. Extreme swelling can pop up almost overnight with inflammatory breast cancer.

Redness and Swelling

Redness and swelling are classic symptoms associated with inflammatory breast cancer.

Irritation and Bumps

Splothy skin, irritation, and bumps associated that appear at the onset of inflammatory breast cancer.

irritation and bumps from inflammatory breast cancer
irritation and bumps of ibc

Orange Peel

Dimpling of the skin is a common characteristic of IBC. It’s called Peau d’orange because it resembles orange peel.


Male Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Inflammatory breast cancer presentation in males.


IBC symptoms and treatment.

Redness, Swelling, and Peau d’orange (orange peel)

After weeks into presentation, pores enlarge, shiny skin, and difference in nipple.

Notice the ridge line where the bra has cut into the breast due to swelling.

Ridge line where the bra has cut into the breast due to swelling.

Rash is spreading. Small incision and left size from biopsy incision. Nipple is retracting and flattening. Bruising may be from biopsy.

Modified radical mastectomy (non skin sparing). Above the healthy breast is the port, and bottom left is the patch covering the drain.

The small bulge under the arm is called dog ear.

Note the side affected with IBC is on the side with the sleeve.  The patient opted to have a 2nd mastectomy of the non cancerous breast, after completing all treatment.

Non Standard of Care

Care received by this patient is non standard of care.

Standard IBC presentation with Swelling, and Peau d’orange (orange peel)

Standard IBC presentation with rash.

Skin sparing mastectomy.

Healing begins.

Return of IBC symptoms.

Had to have second mastectomy.