By Hallie Levine Sklar
Young Women Who Get Breast Cancer Are More Likely to
Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer before age 40 have slightly
poorer prognoses than older women: Their five-year survival rate is about 82
percent, compared with 85 percent among women ages 40 to 74, according to the
American Cancer Society (ACS). Why? "Younger women are more likely to have
more aggressive tumors," explains Lisa Carey, M.D., medical director of the
University of North Carolina...
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS): This is a precancerous condition also called Stage 0
breast cancer. It is noninvasive and is confined to the ducts. Almost all women who have DCIS can be successfully treated. The
best way to detect DCIS is with a mammogram.
Infiltrating (invasive) ductal carcinoma (IDC): This cancer starts in a milk duct, breaks through the
wall of the duct, and invades the fatty tissue of the breast. From there, it
can spread to other parts of the body. IDC is the most common type of breast
cancer, accounting for nearly 80% of cases.
Infiltrating (invasive) lobular carcinoma (ILC): This cancer
starts in the mammary, or milk, glands (lobules) and can spread to other parts
of the body. About 10% of breast cancers are this type.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Douglas A. Stewart, MD - Medical Oncology
June 28, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 28, 2011
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