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Topic: 18 years old and very scared of inflammatory breast cancer

Forum: Not Diagnosed But Worried —

Breast cancer symptoms vary widely. According to the American Cancer Society, in addition to a lump, breast cancer symptoms can include swelling, skin irritation, dimpling, breast pain, changes to the nipple, thickening of the breast skin, or unusual nipple discharge. Still, some breast cancers cause no symptoms at all. Note: Please do not post pictures of your symptoms. It's important to have anything unusual checked by your doctor

Posted on: Apr 7, 2016 11:35AM

Bflox wrote:

hello everyone,

I am 18 years old and woke to find a small red patch on the side of my breast about the size of a 5pence and didn't think anything of it. However I woke up the next day and it was the size of a 50 pence piece and bright red with small blood vessels visible, and hurt to touch. It already began going down after one day but I have also noticed I have very faint dimpling of the skin however I don't know if that is just how my skin on my breast is as they look like they could just be hair follicles. I have also had a full aching all through the day in my breast. Having googled the symptoms I'm really beginning to freak myself out as I know that some women get this but it's rare if you are not breastfeeding and of course all these symptoms match inflammatory breast cancer!Is this something I should be worried about aged 18? Is there anything that you may think it could be instead?

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Apr 7, 2016 12:41PM Moderators wrote:

hello bflox, it is very unlikely at your age that this is IBC. Breast changes are not unusual. However, to ease your concerns, you should probably go to your doctor to have them take a look. Thinking about you!


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Apr 7, 2016 12:44PM Kkubsky wrote:

It could be a breast infection even if you are not breastfeeding. I had one while I was nursing my baby but I also had one when I wasn't. I was concerned about IBC too at the time but after a round of antibiotics...no problem. To this day I have no clue why it happened.... Best to check with a dr though.


Dx 1/28/2016, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 2/24/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 3/21/2016 Whole-breast: Breast
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Apr 7, 2016 12:57PM Kicks wrote:

IBC is rare and even much rarer at 18. Any type of BC is is very rare at 18.

There are a multitude of possibilities (a bug bite or skin infection are only 2 possibilities) but only a Dr who actually see you can tell you what is going on - we can't here. See you Dr.

Also - IBC does NOT always (in the few case it does) present with 'redness/rash' - mine didn't.

See you Dr and relax.

Dx 8/7/2009, IBC, Stage IIIC, 19/19 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/25/2009 AC Surgery 10/21/2009 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/11/2009 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/4/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Apr 7, 2016 01:20PM - edited Apr 7, 2016 01:21PM by Bflox

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Apr 7, 2016 01:23PM Bflox wrote:

hello all! Thank you for the lovely messages it's made me feel much better. However the one thing that concerned me and made me not believe that is was a breast infection as I have pain behind the breast and inside as opposed to on this skin, plus the skin is smooth but just red and sore to press ? Any ideas what this could be? the only reason in my head that I had panicked so much and ruled out a rash or bug bite is because of the aching actually in the breast, and the dimpling to be paired with it? Is it normal to be able to see each hair follicle all over a breast without it being skin dimpling or peau d orange?

Thank you all so much for being so lovely I think I'm just freaking myself out!

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Apr 7, 2016 01:35PM - edited Apr 28, 2018 01:22PM by mustlovepoodles

i do think you are freaking yourself out. I don't have any statistics, but I can confidently say that the chances of this being breast cancer at age 18 are infinitesimally remote. Call your doctor and have her take a look.

And yes, it is possible to be able to see every hair follicle on your breast. It doesn't mean it's peau d' orange dimpling.

Oncotype 23. Positive for PALB2 & Chek2 gene mutations. My breasts are trying to kill me! Dx 7/20/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/20/2015 Lumpectomy Surgery 9/2/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 10/19/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/4/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 10/18/2016 Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Surgery
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Apr 7, 2016 06:21PM Kicks wrote:

Pain is usually associated with benign or non-cancer issues than with BC.

As one who is IBC - I can assure you that (in my case), your 'symptons' do not 'match' at all to what I experienced. Where did you come up with the idea that IBC is rarer for women who are not breast feeding? IBC is rare - period. I have never seen that not breast feeding makes it rare. At 63, I definitely was not breast feeding when DXd.

There are MANY probabilities/possibilitkes as to what iis going on - any type of BC, at your age, would be incrediably unlikely, especially IBC which is only between 1% - 5% of ALL diagnosed types of BC. Of course, anything is possible so if you are concerned - get to your Dr and do not let "Dr Quack Google" DX you or DX yourself with no real knowledge/education.

No one here can tell you what is going on - so.ething is BUT only a Dr who actually sees you can DX you! If you are concerned and want to find out what is the issue(s) and get the appropriate TX (treatment) if any is needed -see you DR for a DX (diagnosis) sooner rather than later.

Dx 8/7/2009, IBC, Stage IIIC, 19/19 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/25/2009 AC Surgery 10/21/2009 Lymph node removal: Right; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/11/2009 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 2/4/2010 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Apr 8, 2016 03:53PM Bflox wrote:

You've made me feel a lot better.

What I meant about the breast feeding was that I understand that breast infections are less common amongst women who aren't breast feeding and that is why it made me feel as this wasn't an infection, as I am only 18 and have never breast fed before in my life, and I've been told that breast infections with similar symptoms to mine such as mastitis are mainly linked to breastfeeding


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Apr 28, 2018 11:47AM 0818164295 wrote:

I'm 18 years old and felt this sharp pain around my breast for the past few days and I'm so worried, and there is this lump at the left side of my breast, my left side breast is bigger than the right and the both breasts brings Out fluids.


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Apr 28, 2018 12:28PM MelissaDallas wrote:

0818164295, time to make an appointment with your primary doc

LCIS, extensive sclerosing adenosis, TAH/BSO & partial omentectomy for mucinous borderline ovarian tumor. Dx 5/20/2012, LCIS, Stage 0, 0/0 nodes
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May 2, 2018 08:05PM Mellymc22 wrote:

Did did you ever figure out your problem? I am 37 and have very similar symptoms

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