I never really post much about health but I think this is really important. If you are like most women you have probably never heard of this disease. My sister sent me a file to a newscast on this but I do not know how to attach to the blog so instead I will point you to this website on it.
You can also google the name for other sites. In the newscast they were saying that most women go to their physician and its diagnosed as just a bug bite, since there is swelling and redness. They prescribe antibiotics and tell them to wait six months and by then the cancer has taken over. They also said most physicians hear about it in medical school but have never seen a case of it. Oh also it can not be detected by a lump or a mammogram. The best defense is recognizing what the warning signs are.
From the IBC website: The signs are One or more of the following are Typical Symptoms of IBC:
Swelling, usually sudden, sometimes a cup size in a few days
Pink, red, or dark colored area (called erythema) sometimes with texture
similar to the skin of an orange (called peau d'orange)
Ridges and thickened areas of the skin
What appears to be a bruise that does not go away
Nipple discharge, may or may not be bloody
Breast is warm to the touch
Breast pain (from a constant ache to stabbing pains)
Change in color and texture of the areola
So I really urge all of you to educate yourself on this disease, you could save a life.