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Understanding the Different Types of Breast Cancer

Posted on in Lungs

Did you know that 98 percent of women with the early stages of breast cancer are alive five years after diagnosis? Early detection of breast cancer along with early treatment greatly increases the odds of surviving breast cancer.  Broadway Medical wants you to be aware of the different stages of breast cancer and to understand the vocabulary a doctor may go over with you.

Types of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer can come in many forms.  Here are some of the more common forms of breast cancer:

  • Invasive ductal carcinoma – This cancer develops in the milk ducts of the breasts and it can break through the duct wall, invading the breasts fatty tissues then spreading to other parts of the body.
  • Invasive lobular carcinoma – This type originates in the breast’s milk producing lobules.  It can spread to the fatty tissues as well as other places of the body.
  • Medullary, mucinous or tublar carcinomas – Slow growing forms of breast cancer.
  • Paget’s disease – This form starts in the milk ducts of the nipple and spreads to the areola. Women who get Paget’s usually experience nipple crusting, scaling, itching or inflammation.
  • Inflammatory carcinoma – This is the most aggressive form and the most difficult to treat because it spreads throughout the body so quickly.
  • Ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS – DCIS happens when the cancer cells fill the ducts but haven’t yet spread through the wall of the fatty tissue.  Nearly all women can be cured if this is diagnosed early.
  • Lobular carcinoma in situ, or LCIS – LCIS is not as common and lesser of a threat than DCIS.  It starts in the breast’s milk-producing lobules. Although this form doesn’t require treatment, it does increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.

All the information discussed above isn’t meant to scare you or give you false sense of hope, but simply to inform you and to encourage every woman to seek help if they have questions.  Broadway Medical is here for any woman dealing with this disease and is ready to assist you with everything from aids to daily living to wound care products.