Hi Sarah - I'm sorry, we're not medical experts here - simply well-read breast cancer survivors. In the absence of any other symptoms (which you're clearly aware of, from your reading), I'd wait several weeks and see if this disappears on its own. If it changes - becomes larger, or if you note any other "trouble signs" (heat, pain, swelling, itchiness), then I'd see a doctor. If it doesn't change at all, then you might still want to see a dermatologist, to find out what it might be. But please don't panic - what you describe isn't a typical breast cancer symptom. Just take it seriously enough to keep your eye on it; and then take deliberate (not panicked) action, as you see how things develop. Take care - PJH
Hi Sarah, I'm not a medical expert, but I have read hundreds of women's stories about their experiences with inflammatory breast cancer as a participant in an on-line support group for IBC. I'm a fifteen year survivor of IBC myself. I can tell you that it is much too soon to panic. This sounds more like some sort of skin issue. Ask yourself whether you would want a doctor to take a look if this same spot was on your arm or tummy to get your gut take on how serious this might be. You will want to monitor the spot, and head straight for the doctor if it does start to look like an infection--heat, pain, swelling, spreading, etc. In that case, it will probably be an infection, but another possibility would be IBC. Although you might have some issues with the language barrier, doctors in France will be perfectly competent to treat IBC.
If the spot doesn't go away or gets worse, and you decide to see a doctor, writing down the symptoms and your questions in French before you get there would be a good idea. That way you can get someone to help you or have time to check your English/French dictionary. I hope this just clears up on its own like so many skin issues.
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