The breast is made up of glands called lobules that can make milk and thin tubes called ducts that carry the milk from the lobules to the nipple. Breast tissue also contains fat and connective tissue, lymph nodes, and blood vessels.
In the U.S., breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women after skin cancer; 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer can occur in both men and women, but it is rare in men. Each year there are about 100 times more new cases of breast cancer in women than in men.
The most common type of breast cancer is ductal carcinoma, which begins in the cells of the ducts. Breast cancer can also begin in the cells of the lobules and in other tissues in the breast. Ductal carcinoma in situ is a condition in which individual cancer cells are found in the lining of the ducts but they haven't spread outside the duct.
Breast cancer cells that have clumped together to form a mass is called invasive or infiltrating breast cancer. Invasive breast cancer has the potential to spread, but just because the cancer cells have joined to form a mass does not necessarily mean that it has spread to the lymph nodes or other areas of the body.
Inflammatory breast cancer is a very rare and aggressive form of breast cancer in which the breast looks red and swollen and feels warm because the cancer cells block the lymph vessels in the skin.
We treat the following breast conditions at Southwest Florida Breast Surgery:
Benign Breast Disease:
- Breast Mass/Lump
- Breast Pain
- Nipple Discharge
- Fibrocystic Breast Disease
- Paget's Disease of the Breast
- Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
- Lobular Carcinoma In Situ
- Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
- Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
- Inflammatory Breast Cancer
- Male Breast Cancer
- Genetic Predispositions to Cancer (BRCA+ and others)
- Family History of Breast Cancer
- High Risk Screening