What are different types of Breast cancer?


For a better understanding of prognosis and rather better treatment options, it is important that patient should know about with what type of breast cancer, she is suffering. Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) is one of the different types of breast cancer, which accounts for 78 % of many diagnosed cases. On mammograms, it appears as well circumscribed or star like areas. The star like lesions has a poor prognosis.


Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) generally refers to the non-invasive tumors which are malignant and are actually confined to that tube that carries milk to nipple through the breasts. It is also known as Intraductal carcinoma. These cancers are generally found by a chance on the mammogram and are quite small even to feel. If they left untreated, the cancerous cells starts spreading beyond a duct and invade the surrounding tissues of breast.

Medullary Carcinoma cells generally resemble the medulla which is a gray matter of a brain. This type of cancer mostly occurs in women in late 40s and 50s ages and makes up 15% of the diagnosed cases.

Infiltrating Lobular Carcinoma (ILC) generally appears like a subtle thickening in that quadrant of a breast which is upper-outer and occurs in women over 50 years of age. It generally represents 5% of the diagnosed cases.

Tubular Carcinoma cells more closely resemble to the tubes under a microscope. It is 2% of all breast cancers which are diagnosed and is present in women of 50 ages or above.

Mucinous Carcinoma (colloid) has very poorly defined cells and involves in mucous production. It normally represents only 1 to 2 % of all breast cancers. The age of appearance is 60.

Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) is extremely aggressive and rare. In the breast’s skin the lymph vessels become blocked. As the name Inflammatory shows the breast looks swollen or red and accounts for 1-5 % of all the diagnosed breast cancers in the US. It appears between the 45-55 ages.

Metastatic Breast Cancer actually refers to the cancer that spread to the other parts of the body.


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