Public Service Announcement
Ladies, I care about you. I know, I know, it’s hard to imagine that I do since I’ll occasionally make misogynistic jokes (i.e. say, “bitches and hoes”), perpetually hit on you, and leave you unsatisfied sexually – but I’m trying. As such I am giving this public service announcement about inflammatory breast cancer. I know you’re exclaiming, “But Benji, I already perform self breast exams once a month!” And for that I commend you because early detection is important. However, IBC does not present itself with a lump like other breast cancers; in fact it is often confused for mastitis.
So if there is no lump what should you look for? Glad you asked
Signs and Symptoms include:
- Increase in breast size, sometimes a few cups in a few days.
- Itching that is unrelenting with treatments e.g. topical creams
- Further compounding this symptom is that a person may have a lesion that appears to be a bug bite
- Peau D’orange (link contains picture) – essentially your breast and nipple feel and look like the skin of an orange
- A bruise that does not go away
- Nipple flattening or retraction, that is, the nipple may be inverted slightly.
- Breasts feel excessively warm to touch, firmer and harder than usual
If you have a symptom or two, please do not immediately presume you have IBC. I highly recommend that you have it further evaluated by a medical professional. If the medical professional diagnoses it as mastitis be sure to ask about the possibility of Inflammatory Breast Cancer as many professionals have never heard this type of breast cancer either. And remember ladies, I care about you. Moreover, in the words of
Wesley, I mean Wesley, “There’s a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours.”