- One of the most frightening aspects of my breast cancer diagnosis in 1998 was that I never knew my symptoms might be breast cancer until the doctor told me I needed a biopsy for Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC). I didn’t know that breast cancer doesn’t always start with a lump.
About eight weeks earlier at the beginning of February, I jumped when the water hit my breast in the shower. It hurt-really hurt. I turned down the water pressure and forgot about it until the same thing happened the next morning.
“My doctor says I have an infection, but when I Googled my symptoms, I saw that I have all the symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer. Is my doctor wasting my time with an antibiotic? Should I insist on a biopsy?”
We frequently get variations on this question here at sebecclycare. How can you tell whether you have an infection or a rare type of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer (IBC)? The short answer is you cannot without a doctor. However, understanding the similarities and differences between breast infections and IBC may help you decide what steps you need to take to get a proper diagnosis.
- Many women experience breast pain and swelling at least once over the course of their lifetime. Here are the five most common causes – and what you should do about each.
You’re feeling some discomfort in one breast. This discomfort soon turns to pain. You take a look in the mirror; one breast, the painful one, is definitely larger than the other. What do you do?
First, don’t panic. Though you may need to see a doctor, understanding what’s causing your symptoms is the first step to feeling better.