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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.


The classic swelling associated with inflammatory breast cancer. This picture was taken immediately after the redness began.



The classic redness swelling associated with inflammatory breast cancer.



Redness & swelling associated with inflammatory breast cancer. You can see the asymmetry between the left and right breast.



Closeup of irritation and bumps common with inflammatory breast cancer.



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



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



Extreme swelling that can pop up almost overnight with inflammatory breast cancer.

inflammatory breast cancer

Top 2 pictures are prior the first chemo.  You can see how red the breast is, and the square-ish mass of thickened skin, as well as the peau d’orange skin.

The bottom pic was taken 14 days after first chemo.  The redness is almost gone now, the peau d’orange skin isn’t as pronounced as what it was,  and the thickened skin is starting to thin out everywhere.   There is no longer a mass of thickened skin, but has broken up as it has thinned out, and feels more like smaller spots of cottage cheese rather than a big mass.

This picture was generously given to us to use by a male breast cancer patient who wanted to show the presentation to he experienced with inflammatory breast cancer.


There was a small dime size skin change and weeks later this was the size of the rash at diagnosis.