Types of Breast Cancer
Types of Breast Cancer

Types of Breast Cancer

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Non-cancerous breast conditions are common. Many breast which are biopsied and checked under a micro scope show benign results. Despite that these results do not threaten one’s life, they might cause bothersome problems which can finally lead to breast cancer.
The term used to describe the benign condition that may have caused Ms. Barkers breast mass is known as the fibrocystic disease (Lazarus et al, 2006).

Cyst is a round and movable lump; it is tender. They are filled with fluid with round sacs in the breasts. Cysts are mostly found in women at the age of 40s. They can also occur in women at any age. Cysts become larger and painful during menstrual period as the hormones changes monthly. According to Stavros et al (2007), most of the breast lumps are being caused by fibrosis, they are the benign changes in the tissues of the breasts. This fibrocystic disease causes limps in the breasts making the breasts to swell. The swelling is associated with a lot of pain and tenderness. The cyst inside the fibrotic diseases is filled with fluid in the breast glands.

According to Berg et al (2006) most of the cancers of breast are carcinomas, a cancer that begins in the epithelial cells and tissues. Other types which can occur in the breast are sarcomas, a cancer that begins in muscle cells. The common types of cancer are inflammatory, invasive, noninvasive or in situ and t


he Paget’s disease of the nipple. Noninvasive the cancer that affects the milk ducts or the lobules of the women breasts. There are some cases where a single breast tumor is a combination of in situ and invasive cancer. In other cases, there is no tumor formed in the breasts.

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is also called intraductal carcinoma. It is noninvasive breast cancer. The major difference in these two diseases; DCIS and the noninvasive breast cancer is that the cells have not spread all over the walls of the ducts in to the tissues. Because of this, DCIS cannot metastasize outside the breast. DCIS is said to be pre-cancer reason being that it can go to be invasive cancer (Berg et al, 2006). DCIS affects the milk ducts and does not invade to other parts of the body while the IDC affects the milk ducts and invades other tissues.

The primary lung cancer is the cancer that has started in the lungs. It has not affected any other part in the body. It is classified in to two groups; small cell lung cancer and the non-small cell lung cancer. The metastatic lung cancer is one which has spread to other parts of the body like the colon, breasts, kidney and the prostate. It is a secondary cancer. It spreads via the lymphatic system or the bloodstream (Paez et al, 2004).


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