I am one of the lucky ones. I was diagnosed within a month of my symptoms erupting. I was lucky to have only been misdiagnosed by two doctors before I found someone familiar with Inflammatory Breast Cancer. I can move on.
On December 17, 2006 I read an obituary of a woman who was not as lucky as I. She was a 47-year-old mother of two young children. She succumbed to IBC within a few weeks of being diagnosed. She had been misdiagnosed like I had but probably for much longer. She is the reason for this Web site. She cannot have died in vain. She is my catalyst to get moving to get information out to other women.
I hope to use this site as a tool to educate women and to use it as a place for other women with IBC to find a network to get comfort and to give comfort.
IBC- misdiagnosed as an insect bite…..
“Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) causes changes in the nipple and the surrounding areas. Invasion of the local lymphatic ducts impairs drainage and causes edematous swelling of the breast.
Because the skin of the breast is tethered by the suspensory ligament of Cooper, the accumulation of fluid causes the skin of the breast to assume a dimpled appearance reminiscent of the peel of an orange (peau d’orange).
Other symptoms include rapid increase in breast size, redness, persistent itching, skin hot to the touch.
IBC often initially resembles mastitis, and is sometimes misdiagnosed as an insect bite.”