The 4 types of breast cancers are:
- 1. Ductal/lobular carcinoma in situ
- 2. Invasive ductal carcinoma
- 3. Inflammatory breast cancer
- 4. Metastatic breast cancer.
Ductal carcinoma in situ
Ductal/lobular carcinoma in situ is known as pre-invasive or non-invasive breast cancer. In this type, the cancer hasn’t spread in any surrounding breast tissue that is beyond the cells that lines the milk duct.
Invasive ductal/lobular carcinoma
IDC is also known as infiltrating ductal carcinoma.
In this case the cancer spreads beyond the cells of the milk duct to the surrounding breast region tissues. With time, this cancer can even spread to various other parts. Of all the breast cancers, about 80% is Invasive ductal carcinoma.
Inflammatory breast cancer
This type of cancer generally occurs to women who are below 40 years of age. The cancer cell blocks the lymph vessels which results in redness, inflammation and thickening of the breast skin
Metastatic breast cancer
This is also considered as the stage-4 cancer. This means that the cancer in this stage has already spread to other parts of the body like the lungs, bones, brain or liver.
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