With me, I am usually the first who notices anything, but I do not recall my skin looking like orange peel with IBC. It was noticed though by every doctor who looked at it. So, I am just adding my 2 cents.
PS: it is not unusual with IBC for symptoms to come and go. A skin symptom may be there one minute and gone the next. A lump may move from one place to another as well.
Symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer can appear suddenly and they vary from person to person. If you develop one or more of the following symptoms, see your doctor:
* A change in the size or shape of your breast. Breast size may increase over a short period of time. Some women report that their bra size increases a full cup size in just a few weeks.
* Breasts that are warm or hot to the touch.
* A change in the normal colour of your breasts. Skin on the breast or patches of skin may appear red, pink, or appear bruised for no known reason.
* A change in breast texture. Skin may have a pitted appearance similar to the skin of an orange.
* Itchy breasts not relieved by ointments or creams.
* Sudden appearance of a lump in your breast. However, because inflammatory breast cancer tends to grow in layers instead of forming a solid tumour, a person with this type of breast cancer may not necessarily feel a lump in the breast.
* Swollen lymph nodes under the arm or above the collar-bone.
* Nipple discharge.
I have added a link for more information.
A biopsy of the breast is the most reliable way of detecting inflammatory breast cancer
I hope this information will be of some help.
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