Fact Sheets

  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer

    Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is an aggressive form of breast cancer . It is different because it grows in more of a sheet-like shape and brings changes to the skin in response to inflammation. Inflammation occurs when the body is fighting infection, injury, or irritation. The changes in the skin appear similar to other conditions like mastitis . Early diagnosis and treatment are important with IBC. The sooner it is found, the more favorable the outcome. IBC is rare in women and extremely rare in men. Breast Changes Associated With IBCSkin changes that resemble the skin of an orange and/or inversion of the nipple may be signs of IBC.Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

  • Breast Cancer in Women

    Breast cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the breast tissue. It is the most common cancer in women in the United States. The normal breast consists of glandular tissue called lobes. These lobes are sectioned off into lobules, which produce milk. Milk is carried to from the lobules to the nipple by small ducts. All this tissue is surrounded by fatty and connective tissue, as well as blood and lymph vessels. Types of breast cancer found in women are:

  • Breast Cancer in Men

    Breast cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the breast tissue. Although male breasts do not fully develop, they do contain most of the same basic breast structures as women. Male breasts include small glands called lobules, ducts, and the nipple. These structures are also surrounded by fatty tissue. All of these structures are susceptible to developing breast cancer. Breast cancer in men is rare. This makes awareness of the disease uncommon. Types of breast cancer found in men are:

  • Mastalgia

    Mastalgia is breast pain. There are 2 types of mastalgia: cyclic and noncyclic. Cyclical breast pain is most often associated with menstrual periods. Noncyclical breast pain is not related to the menstrual cycle.

  • Fibrocystic Disease

    Breasts are composed of ducts, milk glands, and fatty and fibrous tissues. Fibrocystic disease occurs when there are fluid-filled lumps (cysts) of duct tissue. These lumps are surrounded by a scar-like capsule of tissue in the breasts. Although harmless, these lumps can sometimes be the site of pain (mastalgia) that recurs late in each menstrual cycle. The greatest problem with fibrocystic disease is telling the difference between this condition and breast cancer.

  • Mastitis

    Mastitis is painful swelling and redness in the breast. It is especially common among women who are breastfeeding. While it is most common in just 1 breast it can occur in both.

  • Gynecomastia

    Gynecomastia is an enlargement of the breasts in men. This condition is not the same as having a fatty breast area from obesity. The breast tissue is firm in men with gynecomastia. This may occur in up to one-third of men. About 65% of boys will develop some degree of breast enlargement during puberty. This is normal and usually goes away by age 18.