Written by : Dr.M.D.Mazumdar, MD
There are different types of breast cancer. The two most common types of breast cancer - Ductal breast cancer and Lobular breast cancer - are named according to the part of the breast in which they originate. Breast Cancers may also be characterized according to whether they are Localised ('in situ') or Invasive.
Ductal Breast Cancer: About 80-90% of all breast cancers are ductal in origin. The ducts in the breasts carry milk from the lobules or glands of the breast to the nipples. There are two types of Ductal Cancers:
Lobular Breast Cancer: Lobular breast cancer is a type of cancer which originates in the lobules or milk-producing glands of the breasts. Each breast has twenty lobules (Read about the Anatomy of the breast here). There are two types of Lobular Breast Cancer:
Uncommon Breast Cancers: About 1% of all breast cancers are made up of two relatively uncommon breast cancers:
Rare Breast Cancers:
Male Breast Cancer: Like female breast cancer, male breast cancers have similar symptoms, similar diagnostic procedures and similar treatment.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Diagnosis of Breast Cancer