Information and pictures of breast cancer can help one understand the changes that take place in the breast due to certain types of cancer.
Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS)
Pictures of breast cancer of this type show a normal breast with non-invasive DCIS in an enlarged section of the duct as well as other details. DCIS is a widely occurring type of non-invasive breast cancer. It starts inside the milk ducts, and is called ‘non-invasive’ because it is remains within the milk duct. There is no danger to the life of a DCIS carrier, but having DCIS can increase the risk of developing an invasive breast cancer in future.
Breast cancer is likely to reoccur in 25 to 30 percent of women who have undergone breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) for DCIS without the use of radiation therapy. With post-surgery radiation therapy this risk reduces to 15%.
Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC)
This type of cancer is also called infiltrating ductal carcinoma. Almost eighty percent of all breast cancer is of this type.
The term invasive is used because the cancer has reached the surrounding tissues of the breast. The cancer begins in the milk duct, which is responsible for taking the milk to the nipples. The term carcinoma is used for all cancers that start in the tissues covering the internal organs. With the passage of time, IDC can reach the lymph nodes and possibly other parts of the body.
The American Cancer Society states that more than 180,000 women in the US come to know of their invasive breast cancer disease every year; a majority of these women are diagnosed with IDC.
IDC can occur in women of any age, but its chances of occurrence increase with age. American Cancer Society states that around two-thirds of women who are diagnosed with IDC are 55 or older. IDC is not exclusive to women, it affects men as well.
Other types of breast cancer include lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS), invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC), and vascular and lymphatic Invasion.