Inflammatory Breast Cancer Pictures: Itchy, Rash, Bruised Breasts

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Pictures: Itchy, Rash, Bruised Breasts

Check Inflammatory Breast Cancer Pictures images to examine itchy, rash, bruises, red spots, discoloration or pain in breasts with early signs & symptoms.

Inflammatory breast cancer is an infrequent, aggressive type of breast cancer that spreads rapidly. Cancer initiates when normal cells in the breast alter and grow uncontrollably, forming a sheet of cells called a tumor. Breast cancer spreads when the cancer grows into other parts of the body through the blood vessels and lymph vessels.

Inflammatory breast cancer or IBC is one of the forms of breast cancer causes the solid lump tumors. This type of breast cancer usually forms as sheets or webs of tumor that are difficult to detect. It is characteristically aggressive disease and is called “inflammatory” because the cancer cells block the lymphatic vessels, resulting in changes in the breast.

In inflammatory breast cancer, the cancer cells block the lymph vessels within the breast, which causes fluid backup and swelling of the breast and overlying skin. Inflammatory Breast Cancer is not found as a typical lump but in sheets form which is rarely seen in routine mammograms. Habitually Inflammatory breast cancers are hormone receptor negative, meaning that their cells do not have receptors for estrogen or progesterone on the surface. Thus therapies that target estrogen-driven tumor growth are unlikely to be effective.

According to The National Cancer Institute IBC is classified as either stage IIIB or stage IV breast cancer. Stage IIIB breast cancers are locally advanced. Stage IV breast cancer is cancer that has spread to other organs. IBC is an especially aggressive, locally advanced breast cancer.

Above 230,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. An inflammatory breast cancer comprises only 1%-5% of breast cancers. Inflammatory Breast Cancer occurs more frequently and at a younger age in African Americans than in Whites. The median age range of IBC patients is between 45 and 55 years old.

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Pictures: Itchy Breasts, Rash, Bruise

Some signs and symptoms of IBC resemble other inflammatory breast diseases like rashes, red spots, marks or bruised boobs. But non IBC situations can be covered up by using antibiotics. with the help of images below it is easy to differentiate  among the symptoms and consult the physician to perform necessary diagnostic tests for IBC.

Inflammatory Breast Cancer Pictures

There are several other symptoms that can be confused with Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC), leading to wrong self diagnosis. Only a qualified medical doctor or oncologist can determine the actual Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) Symptoms through breast physical exam and consequent diagnostic test. Below we are giving Breast Cancer Symptoms Check List:

  • Swollen or thick skin on the nipple
  • A mass or red lump can be felt in the breast which normally can’t be felt
  • Enlarged lymph nodes may be there in the underarm or near the collarbone
  • Flattening or retraction of the nipple
  • Shooting or stabbing pain
  • Constant itching rash on breasts which can’t be relieved with cream
  • A warm feeling in the breast
  • A tender, firm and enlarged breast
  • Breast bruise on one side or both

If one or more of these symptoms continue for more than a week, talk to a physician immediately.

What does Breast Cancer look like?

Early warning signs of inflammatory breast cancer along with images of inflammatory breast cancer are mentioned below. Women or men who develop any of the inflammatory breast cancer early signs should seek medical care immediately to ensure timely treatment.

  • Itchy Breasts Pictures

    There had been a lot of questions from women about the association of itching in the breast and breast cancer. This is because there are studies that showed results indicating that itchy breast may be a symptom of breast cancer. This should not alarm women because not all itching in the breast is caused by cancer. In fact, there are actually very few cases wherein the manifesting symptom of their cancer is the itching of their breasts.

    Itchy Breasts Pictures

  • Breasts Rash Pictures

    Women with inflammatory breast cancer can develop a red, pink, or purple rash across part of their breast. The skin of the breast might also appear puckered, like the skin of an orange. Check out this breasts rash picture and consult your doctor as Inflammatory breast cancer is lethal and spreads quickly.

    Breasts Rash Pictures

  • Red Spot/Patch on Breasts Pictures

    The red spot on breast or red patches can be more related to other medical conditions than breast cancer. However, it should be properly evaluated by doctor. It could related to breast implant, paget’s disease, fungal infection, allergic reaction, contact dermatitis or some other dermatology condition.

    Red Spot/Patches on Breasts Pictures

  • Bruise on Breasts Pictures

    A bruise on breast is rarely to be a possible symptom of inflammatory breast cancer. Though this is highly unlikely. However, breast bruises that do not heal could be a symptom of inflammatory breast cancer (IBC). Look out for further serious abnormalities listed down to a possibility of breast cancer like breast pain, swelling or skin dimpling, warmth and change in breast skin texture.

    Bruise on Breasts Pictures

    For Serious Breast Cancer Symptoms and early diagnosis of IBC, please look for the following sign. The skin of the breast appears pink, reddish, purple, or yellow bruise. Early detection of inflammatory breast cancer requires the understanding of symptoms. Check out the symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer with images.

    Inflammatory Breast Cancer Pictures: Itchy, Rash, Bruised Breasts

  • Breast Swelling

    Accumulation of fluid within the breast appears as an early warning sign of inflammatory breast cancer. Consequently the affected breast appears swollen, enlarged or heavy. This early sign of inflammatory breast cancer can also be accompanied by tenderness of breast tissue.

    Breast Cancer Breast Swelling Pictures

  • Breast Discoloration

    Initially, there is an unusual discoloration on breast. It may develop a red, pink or purple appearance or can look bruised. The bruised breast tissue feels warm to the touch along with tenderness, pain or itching of the affected breast. These breast changes typically affect only one breast and can advance quickly within several days. It is important to Consult a doctor soon when develop these warning signs of inflammatory breast cancer.

    Breast Cancer Breast Discoloration Pictures

  • Nipple Changes

    Inflammatory breast cancer can cause nipple changes as a warning sign of disease. Nipple appears abnormally retracted or inverted. Nipple changes may accompany breast pain,discomfort and nipple discoloration.

    Inflammatory Breast Cancer Nipple Changes Pictures

  • Breast Dimpling

    Inflammatory breast cancer affects breast tissue and can appear unusually dimpled or thick. The skin looks like the skin of an orange, and may be discolored with painful and itchy breast. Unlike traditional forms of breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancers do not develop unusual lumps within the affected breast. Those with IBC may also develop breast rash or wounds.

    Breast Cancer Dimpling Pictures

There is a lack of expertise in treating IBC and its resistance to treatment with standard chemotherapy drugs. The 5-year median survival rate is approximately 40%, mainly due to delays in diagnosis. Standard diagnostic tests for breast cancer, such as mammograms, MRI and biopsies generally cannot accurately diagnose IBC. Surgical biopsy and PET scan are used to make a diagnosis for IBC. Inflammatory Breast Cancer is treated differently, because it is different.

Many factors including the type and location of the cancer, the stage of the disease, the patient’s age and overall general health, and the extent to which the patient’s disease responds to treatment can influence a cancer patient’s prognosis. so timely diagnosis of the disease is crucial to maximize the chances of recovery.

(8) Comments

  1. The other day I noticed one breast looked larger than the other and felt swollen and harder than normal. I pushed on it some and thought it felt firmer maybe because of the way I was sitting at the time. two days later I have no soreness but about a one and a half in area of reddish not raised like blood color bruising type rash looking on my right breast the same one in the same area it was hard. now it’s soft. The pain is gone. Is this something I should have checked out. I don’t have insurance right now? I live close to little rock is there somewhere I can get help for little cost? I’m scared this isn’t the first time this year it’s happened.

  2. I have been treated for shingles tour times and keep taking valacyclovir and rash symptoms goes away then in few weeks come back. So I just noticed a black spot on breast now wondering do I need to be checked for breast cancer now.

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