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There are images below 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:

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Breast swelling, which one breast is suddenly larger than the other

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Breast that feels warm to touch and may look infected

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Itching or shooting pain

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A dimpling of the breast skin that looks like an orange peel (peau d’orange)

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Thickening of the skin

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Flattened or discolored nipple

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Swelling in underarm or only on one side of neck

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Might feel lump, however lumps are not common in IBC.

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Signs and Symptoms

Male Presentation

Progression

Non Standard of Care

Swelling

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

breast swelling from inflammatory breast cancer
breast swelling from inflammatory breast cancer

redness and Swelling

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

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

irritation and bumps

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

Splotchy skin, irritation, and bumps can appear at the onset of inflammatory breast cancer.
Splotchy skin, irritation, and bumps can appear at the onset of inflammatory breast cancer.

Orange Peel

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

Dimpling of the skin resembling orange peel can be inflammatory breast cancer.
Dimpling of the skin resembling orange peel can be inflammatory breast cancer.
orange peel inflammatory breast cancer picture

Please note:

This photo was taken on 12/4/20. The date of the official IBC diagnosis from the general surgeon. The blisters on the breast were caused by the adhesive in the bandages used after the excisional biopsy, the week prior.

“I first noticed the orange peel or peau d orange texture on 11/8/20. I called women’s health the following day to make an appointment. They scheduled my appointment for December 4th. I called them again the next day and said, ” I think I have inflammatory breast cancer “, they said they would call me back. They called back a few hours later and said, “we’ll see you this Friday”. I was sent to radiology after that Friday appointment for mammo & ultrasound. Radiologist said he couldn’t see anything and said I needed to have a biopsy. I called my dermatologist and got in with him the following Monday. His results came back as ‘edema from an unknown source ‘. My doctor at women’s health, not satisfied with that answer scheduled breast MRI and excisional biopsy. MRI showed something because I just was getting home when the radiologist called me and asked if I could come back so he could do a lymph node biopsy.”

Bruising

Bruising on the breast can be a symptom of inflammatory breast cancer.

Bruising on the breast can be a symptom of inflammatory breast cancer.
Bruising on the breast can be a symptom of inflammatory breast cancer.

Male Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Inflammatory breast cancer presentation in males.

male inflammatory breast cancer

Progression

Inflammatory breast cancer symptoms and standard of care treatment.

Symptoms and treatment of inflammatory breast cancer

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

Symptoms and treatment of inflammatory breast cancer

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

Symptoms and treatment of inflammatory breast cancer

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

Symptoms and treatment of inflammatory breast cancer

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

Symptoms and treatment of inflammatory breast cancer

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

Symptoms and treatment of inflammatory breast cancer

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

Symptoms and treatment of inflammatory breast cancer

The small bulge under the arm is called dog ear.

Symptoms and treatment of inflammatory breast cancer

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)

Symptoms and treatment of inflammatory breast cancer

Standard IBC presentation with rash.

Symptoms and treatment of inflammatory breast cancer

Skin sparing mastectomy.

Symptoms and treatment of inflammatory breast cancer

Healing begins.

Symptoms and treatment of inflammatory breast cancer

Return of IBC symptoms.

Symptoms and treatment of inflammatory breast cancer

Had to have a second mastectomy.

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