Hello, I'm new here and would love to get some other opinions. A couple of weeks ago I noticed a lump about the size of a grape close to the nipple and on the areola. It is visible, hard and looks a little red and swollen. It does not hurt at all and my nipple looks to be caving in slightly compared to my other breast. About a week before I noticed the lump in my breast I noticed a lump in my armpit but it went away after a few days. Other than feeling a little tired lately I feel fine. I went to the doctor on Monday and he thought that it may be an infection and recommended I use warm wet compresses on my breast for a couple of weeks to see if it will go away. He said if it didn't go away then I should schedule an appointment with a breast surgeon to have it removed. I called to make an appointment today with the surgeon because I figured it would take a few weeks just to get me in and I could always cancel the appointment if the lump went away. Well, the soonest the surgeon can see me is May 24th. That's 6 weeks away from now. It was also recommended by the surgeons office that I have some sort of studies done (mammogram, ultrasound, etc.) before I see the surgeon so I called my regular doctor back and spoke with his nurse. The nurse recommended that I finish trying the warm compresses before scheduling any studies. What I'm concerned about is the amount of time between now and when I see the surgeon. I have heard of doctors confusing breast infections with inflammatory breast cancer. I am not a nursing mother so from what I understand it is kind of rare to have a breast infection when not lactating. However, I have also read that most IBC's don't present themselves with a lump. Most. Does that mean that some do? I am concerned this could possibly be IBC which I know is a very fast growing cancer and even a few extra weeks could make a difference between life and death. I don't want to sound like a crazy hypochondriac but I know that I must be an advocate for myself. Does anyone else think this is too long to wait to see the surgeon?