Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma (Invasive breast cancer) Bannner

Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma (Invasive breast cancer)


IDC is the most common type of breast cancer (about 80% of all breast cancers), and called so because it begins in the milk ducts and spreads (invades) to the surrounding tissues. If not detected at an early stage, it can spread to the lymph nodes, and possibly other areas of the body. It can affect women at any age, but is more common in older women. This form of carcinoma also affects men.IDS is often asymptomatic, the abnormality showing up only during mammogram (X-ray of the breast). However, one needs to look out for the following symptoms:

  • Any swelling in the breast
  • Lump or mass that was not there earlier
  • Irritation or dimpling on the skin
  • Pain in the breast
  • Pain in the nipple / nipple turning inward
  • Thickening or redness of nipple or skin on the breast
  • Nipple discharge
  • Appearance of a lump in the underarm