The more you understand about any subject, the more interesting it becomes. As you read this article you’ll find that the subject of IBC is certainly no exception.
Ladies have been told and frequently reminded by advertisements, Doctors, Women’s Magazines and so on, that they should regularly check their breasts for a lump or lumps.
If anything is found they should immediately seek medical advice. This is still true, see your doctor as soon as possible.
There is another kind of breast cancer, it is called Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC), it is an accelerated type of breast cancer, and it usually does not show on a mammogram or ultrasound.
It is a rare form of breast cancer, but it accounts for approximately 1% to 3% of all breast cancers.
It is a breast cancer that many ladies have never heard of, but it can be so serious that everyone should learn about it and what signs or symptoms to look for in its early stage of development.
Inflammatory breast cancer causes the breast to appear swollen and inflamed. This inflammation occurs, not because of an infection, but because the cancer cells block the lymphatic vessels in the skin of the breast, this blocks the lymph flow, which usually causes a red inflamed condition of the breast.
Truthfully, the only difference between you and IBC experts is time. If you’ll invest a little more time in reading, you’ll be that much nearer to expert status when it comes to IBC.
Some ladies have IBC even when they are seeing their doctor regularly, and they may remain undiagnosed for quite some time, which can be very unfortunate. The symptoms are very often similar to mastitis, a breast infection and doctors frequently fail to recognise that it is IBC, and will often prescribe antibiotics, if it has not cleared or showing signs of clearing within a week of taking the antibiotics, it is time to take further action, by seeing a specialist.
It appears that IBC can happen at a reasonably young age, in fact some ladies had the first symptoms during pregnancy or lactation. It is important to be aware of this disease, as younger ladies are thought to be at a lower risk for breast cancer, remember that IBC is the most aggressive form of breast cancer, and ignorance can result in metastases.
Typical Symptoms Of IBC
Swelling, quite sudden, as large as a cup in a few days. Itching. Pink, Red, or dark colored area sometimes with a texture similar to orange skin. Ridges and thickened area of the skin. Looks like bruising, but does not go away. Nipple retraction, or inverted. Discharge from the nipple.
Breast is warmer than usual when touched. Pain in the breast. Color or a change in texture of the areola. One breast larger than the other. Rash. Swollen lymph nodes under the armpit. Swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
Because IBC progresses rapidly, it is so important that ladies seek medical advice as soon as possible, don’t ignore things in the hope that it will go away. Time is of the essence with this disease.
More information is available through the search engines, and I will add a link in the box below, where you can see a short video, or you can email me through my websites, and I will send you the video by email, so you can see the seriousness of this disease yourself. Tell all the ladies you know, because in this case knowledge is king.
Now you can understand why there ought to be more interest in IBC. When people start looking for more information about IBC, you’ll be in a position to meet their needs.