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How obvious is orange peel effect on breasts?  Does it just look like dry skin?
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25201_tn?1255584436
No, it actually appears like orange peel .... with the rough surface and tiny denting throughout.
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Thanks.  Just wondering how noticeable it is.
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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.
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Wow, that is a bit confusing then.  How do you know if you have IBC?
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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.
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http://www.cancer.ca/canada-wide/about%20cancer/types%20of%20cancer/inflammatory%20breast%20cancer.aspx?sc_lang=en
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A biopsy of the breast is the most reliable way of detecting inflammatory breast cancer
I hope this information will be of some help.
Best wishes.
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492898_tn?1222247198
You would know!
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