Apr 12, 2007 01:55PM leaf wrote:People who have inflammatory breast cancer can have a variety of symptoms. But it is a very unusual type of breast cancer. It can be hard for an EXPERT to diagnose inflammatory breast cancer.
It is MUCH MUCH more common to have a breast infection, or some other breast condition.
Dr. Love, in her breast book, says about inflammatory breast cancer, to go in and get it checked out. Usually they will recommend some kind of treatment. If it STAYS THE SAME for a week or two AFTER YOU START TREATMENT, doesn't get better and doesn't get worse, after a week or two of treatment, then ask for a biopsy.
They can only reliably diagnose inflammatory breast cancer with a biopsy.
If you REALLY think there is something wrong with your breasts, insist on a biopsy, no matter what your doc says. If you are wrong, then you will have peace of mind.
Any skin condition that can happen on your regular skin can also happen on your breast. Its more sensitive tissue, so I'm sure that you are NOT having fun.
If you are premenopausal, and your lumps get bigger then smaller with different parts of your menstrual cycle, then they are very unlikely to be cancer.
Mammos can be used to diagnose other things besides breast cancer.
Let us know how it goes, and feel free to post here to vent. That's what we're here for.
I'll be thinking of you.