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Each year, nearly 300,000 women and about 2,400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. With advanced research, early detection and ever-improving treatments, millions of women and men are surviving breast cancer.
Breast cancer occurs when abnormal, malignant cells form in breast tissue and develop a tumor. The types of breast cancer are categorized by whether the cancer begins in the ducts or lobules, the organs responsible for breast milk production.
Here are the five types of breast cancer:
- Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
The most common type of non-invasive breast cancer, this is an early breast cancer confined to the inside of the ductal system. Most women with DCIS can be treated effectively with breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) and radiation therapy.
- Invasive (infiltrating) ductal carcinoma (IDC)
As the most common breast cancer, accounting for nearly 80% of all malignancies, IDC starts in a milk passage or duct, breaks through the wall of the duct and invades the tissue of the breast. From there it may be able to spread to other parts of the body.
- Invasive (infiltrating) lobular carcinoma (ILC)
This cancer starts in the milk glands or lobules. It can spread to other parts of the body. About 1 out of 10 invasive breast cancers are of this type.
- Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC)
Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare and very aggressive type of breast cancer that causes the lymph vessels in the skin of the breast to become blocked. This type of breast cancer is called inflammatory because the breast often looks swollen and red, or inflamed. IBC accounts for 1% to 5% of all breast cancer cases in the United States.
- Medullary carcinoma
Medullary carcinoma of the breast is a less common form of invasive breast cancer. It is a type of invasive ductal carcinoma that starts in the milk ducts. Medullary carcinoma accounts for 15% of all breast cancer types. It most frequently occurs in women in their late 40s and 50s.
The Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program offers a range of diagnostic procedures, advanced treatment options, and personalized support services for women and men with suspected or diagnosed breast cancer, including oncology nurse navigators to help newly diagnosed patients understand their diagnosis, care plan and medications, facilitate and streamline communication between patients and their doctors, answer questions, coordinate scheduled appointments, and more.
Patients receive individualized treatment plans based on the cancer staging as well as the person’s age, health and personal choices. Patients may also get a second opinion with a Fox Chase Cancer Center oncologist at Virtua.
The breast cancer program at Virtua is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), which is administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only awarded to centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.
For more information about Virtua’s breast cancer services,
call 1-888-VIRTUA-3 (1-888-847-8823).