What is invasive breast cancer?
If cancer cells are only found inside one part of your breast, you have noninvasive breast cancer or carcinoma in situ.
However, sometimes cancer cells have spread to other parts of the breast or even other parts of the body. This is called invasive breast cancer. Invasive breast cancer requires more treatment than non-invasive breast cancer, but it can be successfully treated.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Many women who are diagnosed with lung cancer never had any symptoms. If you do experience symptoms, they may include:
- A newly inverted nipple
- Change in size or shape of your breast
- Fluid (other than breastmilk) that leaks from your breast, especially if it is black or bloody
- Lump or thickening in your breast or underarm
- Puckered skin on the breast
- Scaly, red and/or swollen skin on your breast
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor, even if you recently had a mammogram.
Breast Cancer Risk Factors
Women with one or more of the following major risk factors should have a discussion with their physician about beginning routine cancer screening (with mammography and/or MRI) earlier than age 40:
- A known genetic mutation in your family, such as a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene
- Being Caucasian
- Being overweight or obese
- Family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer, especially if the cancer is in your mother and sister
- Having more than one drink of alcohol per day
- Having radiation treatment on your chest
- Never having given birth or giving birth for the first time after age 40
- Personal history of breast cancer
- Starting your period at an early age
- Using hormone therapy such as estrogen or progesterone
At Ellis Medicine, we offer comprehensive care for both invasive and noninvasive breast cancer in women of all ages. We are here to support you from your diagnosis all the way to survivorship.