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10 Types & Signs You Need To Know About Breast Cancer

Nearly 1 in 8 women are facing the risk of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer is holding the second position among the common cancers which cause death among women. In some cases, it is also detected among males. Early detection of breast cancer is a key step to fight against it.

When breast cancer develops, our body produces some warning signs. One of the most common symptoms associated with breast cancer is a breast lump. However, the warning signs can vary depending upon the specific type of breast cancer.

Symptoms of Invasive breast cancer

The type of breast cancer that spreads from the origin site to other areas of the breast, the lymph nodes, and other parts of the body is called Invasive breast cancer. Some of the early warning signs of invasive breast cancer are:

  • A lump or mass in the breast
  • Swelling of breast or a part of it even without the presence of a lump
  • Skin irritation or dimpling
  • Breast or nipple pain
  • Nipple turning inward
  • Nipple or breast skin appearing as red, scaly, or thickened
  • Nipple discharge
  • Development of a lump or swelling in the underarm lymph nodes

Symptoms of Non Invasive breast cancer

The type of breast cancer in which the tumor is often very small is called non-invasive breast cancer or stage 0 cancer. One of the most common symptoms of non-invasive breast cancer is the presence of a very small tumor, only detectable by a mammogram. Physical symptoms are unlikely to be visible in non-invasive breast cancer.

Symptoms of Ductal Carcinoma

Ductal Carcinoma In-Situ (DCIS) refers to the breast cancer that is present in the cells lining the milk ducts. It falls under the category of non-invasive or pre-invasive breast cancer. Even though the type of breast cancer can’t spread outside the breast, it can sometimes grow to become invasive.

Ductal Carcinoma does not cause any symptoms but in some cases, you may feel a lump in the breast or may have nipple discharge. In most cases, it is detectable with a mammogram.

Symptoms of Lobular Carcinoma

Lobular Carcinoma is the type of cancer that begins in the lobules or milk glands of the breast. It is of two types, Invasive Lobular Carcinoma and Lobular Carcinoma In-Situ (LCIS or Non-Invasive).

The condition does not cause any symptoms and cannot be detected with a mammogram. Lobular Carcinoma is usually detected when a doctor performs a breast biopsy. Breast cells appear abnormal under a microscope in the case of Lobular Carcinoma.

Symptoms of Inflammatory breast cancer

The type of breast cancer which appears as a rash or irritated area of the skin is called Inflammatory breast cancer. This is caused as a result of the blockage of certain vessels in the skin covering the breast. As this condition does not cause a lump in the breast there are high chances of missing out on this condition from detecting through self-examination of breast, clinical breast exam, mammogram, or ultrasound. As the changes are visible on the surface of the breast, inflammatory breast cancer is easily detectable with the naked eye.

Some of the common symptoms include:

  • Red, Swollen, Itchy, and Tender breast
  • Pitted appearance on the breast that is similar to that of an orange peel
  • Heaviness, burning or aching in one breast
  • One breast visibly larger than the other
  • Nipple turned inwards
  • Swollen lymph nodes under the arm or above collar bones

Symptoms of Metastatic Breast Cancer

The type of cancer in which, the affected cells break away from the primary spot, travel through the blood and lymph system, and results in development of new tumors or cancers in other body parts is called metastatic breast cancer.

Some of the common symptoms include pain, nipple discharge, lump, and thickening in the breast or underarm.

Symptoms of Papillary breast cancer

Papillary breast cancer refers to a type of cancer where finger-like projections or papules are present on the ductal cells of the breast when looked under the microscope. It is easily detectable through routine mammogram check-ups.

Some of the main symptoms include the presence of a cyst or lump of about 2cm to 3 cm and bloody nipple discharge.

Symptoms of Angiosarcoma of breast

A type of rare breast cancer that occurs in the breast and skin of the arms is called Angiosarcoma breast cancer. The condition spreads quickly. One of the main symptoms is the development of purple-colored nodules that resembles a bruise. The nodules may bleed if it is bumped or scratched.

Symptoms of Phyllodes Breast Tumor

The type of breast tumor that begins in the connective tissue of the breast is called phyllodes breast tumor. The presence of a lump is a common symptom.

Symptoms of male breast cancer

The symptoms include the presence of painless lumps, thickening of the breast, fluid discharge from the nipple, changes to breast skin and nipple (puckering or redness).

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