Breast Cancer

Cancer that occurs in the breast is called breast cancer. The most common type of breast cancer occurs in a woman's breast milk duct and spreads into the nearby breast tissue. Other types of breast cancer occur in the nipple, darkened area around the nipple or other breast cells or tissues.

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Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS)

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is also sometimes called stage 0 breast cancer. This is because it is very localized and hasn’t spread to any of the surrounding breast tissue. The word “ductal” refers to the location — the milk ducts.

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Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC)

Invasive ductal carcinoma starts growing in the milk ducts in your breasts. It then spreads to the fatty tissues in your breasts and can also spread to other parts of your body. It is the most common type of breast cancer, making up almost 80% of all breast cancer diagnoses.

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Invasive Lobular Carcinoma (ILC)

Invasive lobular carcinoma is a cancer that forms in the breasts. Specifically, the cancer forms in the lobules, where milk is produced. If a cancer is invasive, it means cancer cells have spread to another part of the body.

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Male Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is more often associated with women, but men are also at risk. Men can get breast cancer because, like women, they’re born with some breast tissue. In men, breast cancer is rare and often not diagnosed until it has become more serious.

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