Oncology (General Cancer)/Inflammatory breast cancer


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Both breasts for compa  

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Armpit angle  
I am 42. Last mammogram was last year.  Right breast started itching like crazy yesterday,  6/19/16. Initially only had the big red blotch and the small one below arm pit. There are several smaller ones popping up now. I also just noticed possible popcorning or orange peel looking texture visible. Both my mom and aunt had breast cancer but not IBC.  Mother did a gene test,  since she has 4 daughters,  to make sure it wasn't genetic and it came back negative.  I just don't want to make a big deal out of nothing but I also don't want to put rash cream on anew aggressive deadly form of cancer.  Thank you for your time.

I think you have an infection, but whatever it is, I would see your doctor.  You may need antibiotics, and there is a small chance (very small) that this is IBC.  If I were your MD, I'd probably refer you to a dermatologist and at some point if standard treatment doesn't work, consider a biopsy.  But I think the pace of your problem and the appearance suggest that this is probably not IBC.  Keep me posted.  

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Donald Higby, M.D.


I can answer almost all questions related to the treatment and natural course of most kinds of cancer, especially cancers of prostate, colon, lung and breast.


I have been a practicing medical oncologist for 36 years, and have been chief of service at a major medical center for 25 years. I've also done research in cancer treatments.

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MD, Stanford University Internal Medicine residency, St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO Medical Oncology Fellowship, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY

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