Should I Be Worried About Ibc?


Asked by Jessica

Should I Be Worried About Ibc?

I'm 33 years old. Last month I had a mammogram and ultrasound due to some left side breast pain. This wasn't the first time I've had the pain. I've had several mammo's over the years due to pain in the same breast. The results were fine. Last week, I had my annual, which included a breast exam, which was fine. A few days after my annual, I noticed a small red blotch that is about the size of a dime on my upper left breast. At first I thought it was a bug bite because I'm outside a lot. But it doesn't itch. It looks like a faded hickey, but it's not. I've had it about 6 days and it's not gotten worse. But I suffer from anxiety daily and right now it's sky high. I googled and everything lead me to IBC. I made an appointment for a week from tomorrow, but I don't want to jump to conclusions. I've read that IBC is aggressive, but HOW aggressive? After 6 days would it have already gotten worse? Wouldn't the doctor have been able to feel something in my lymph nodes when she felt them at my annual last week? Is a week too long to wait to see the doctor? Any input would be much appreciated. Thank you :)


Jessica, a week is not too long to wait to see the doctor about the red area. The breast pain you have been experiencing has been a "come and go" pain that you have had over a period of years and the doctor checked you over, so it is probably not a dangerous problem. Many diagnostic guidelines for IBC describe redness that covers at least one-third of the breast, so a red spot the size of a coin is probably not IBC. A week is a good length of time to observe the red area to see if it gets larger or improves by itself. Of course, it is possible that a small red area could get worse quickly. If you develop a fever or a dramatically swollen breast, you shouldn't wait until your next appointment because you might have an infection. But since you just saw the doctor, I think waiting a week will give your doctor more information on which to base a diagnosis. Let us know what the doctor says after your next appointment.

Answered by Phyllis Johnson