Inflammatory Breast Cancer is characterized by cancer cells that infiltrate the skin and lymph vessels of the breast. It is an advanced form of breast cancer that accelerates quickly and is usually not detected by mammogram or ultrasound. No distinct lump or tumor is found.
IBC accounts for up to 5% of all breast cancers in the United States and it is important for everyone to know the signs and symptoms. According to the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Institute (http://www.ibcresearch.org), one or more of the following symptoms might indicate IBC. Changes can occur quickly! It's time to see your healthcare professional if symptoms persist for more than two weeks.
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- Every Day – Do lymphatic breast massage
- Every Week – Skin brushing of the breasts, nipples, upper chest, and armpits
- When you remove your bra, make sure to move your breasts around to get blood flowing again
- Wear the right support bra for sports activities
- Do not wear a bra to bed
- Squeeze nipples firmly every time you shower
- Use a chemical free deodorant
- Increase your intake of Green Tea, Red Clover, Turmeric, Watermelon, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
- Reduce trans fats and hydrogenated fats
To learn more about IBC, visit our Breast Health page