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Types of Breast Cancer

  • DCIS or Ductal Carcinoma in Situ: This is considered to be one of the earliest type of breast cancer wherein the cancer cells tend to reside in the breast ducts but have not yet begun to spread into the breast tissues which are surrounding it. DCIS is also called as non-invasive since it has not yet spread beyond the milk ducts into the normal surrounding tissues of the breast. This condition is not considered to be life threatening but it may increase the risk of getting an invasive form of breast cancer later in life.
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer: In this type of breast cancer, it is known to spread way beyond just the breast of the individual. It can spread to other parts such as lungs, bones or brain.  This type of breast cancer is considered to be at stage IV. It can be overwhelming to be diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.
  • Non-invasive breast cancer: This type of breast cancer has not yet started to spread within the breast or the other parts of the body.
  • Invasive breast cancer: In this type of breast cancer the cancerous cells have spread out of their lining of the lobules or the ducts and into their adjacent breast tissues. There are various kinds of invasive breast cancer but the common of them are called as invasive ductal carcinoma and invasive lobular carcinoma.
  • LCIS or Lobular Carcinoma in Situ: In this type of breast cancer there are alterations to the lobes cells which tends to increase the risk of the person to get breast cancer. This is also called as lobular neoplasia. In this type of cancer, the cells which look like cancer cells are growing in the lobules of those milk producing glands of the breast but they are known to not grow through the walls of the lobules.
  • Invasive ductal breast cancer: Very much commonly it has been seen that the invasive cancers are known to be ductal wherein the cancer cells have not moved out yet of the ductal lining.
  • Invasive lobular breast cancer: Some type of invasive breast cancer is known to be lobular in nature wherein diagnosing this condition on a mammogram can be quite a difficult task. This known to be the second most common form of breast cancer after the invasive ductal carcinoma. Invasive normally means that the cancer has now invaded or it is spreading in the surrounding tissues of the breast. Lobular would mean that the cancer has begun in the milk producing lobules which are said to normally empty out into the ducts that are supposed to carry the milk to the nipples. This cancer is quite a common case for women for age. Certain research has also shown that by using hormone replacement therapy either during or after menopause can also increase the risk of this type of cancer.
  • Inflammatory breast cancer: In this particular type of breast cancer the cancerous cells tend to grow and are said to block the lymph nodes present in the breast skin. This is a rare kind of breast cancer is known to be an aggressive form of breast cancer. It usually begins with a reddening as well as swelling of the breast instead of forming a lump directly. This type of breast cancer is known to grow as well as spread very quickly.
  • Paget’s breast disease: This type of condition is known to occur as a reddish and scaly rash on the nipple of the woman. Those women who suffer from Paget’s disease are also known to have an invasive or DCIS type of breast cancer. This is a rare form of breast condition wherein the cancer cells start to collect in or around the nipple region. In this case the cancer is known to mostly affect the ducts of the nipple and then it starts to spread to the surface of the nipple as well as areola. In this case the nipple as well as areola become red, irritated, scaly and itchy.
  • Phyllodes tumor: This is considered to be one of the rarest type of breast cancer wherein the breast tumor is known to grow on the connective tissues of the breast.