Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC)
Infiltrating ductal carcinoma is called sometimes for Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC), which is also most common type of cancer. Invasive ductal carcinomas stands 80% of all types of breast cancer.
Meaning of invasive is that cancer has “invaded” or it is spread to the surrounding breast tissue. Meaning of Ductal is that the cancer has begun in the milk ducts, which are called “pipes” that will carry milk from the milk producing lobules to the nipple.
Any cancer that begins to other tissues which covers internal organs or in the skin, like breast tissue is referred as Carcinoma. The cancer that has invaded the tissues of the breast and that broken through the wall of the milk duct is referred as “invasive ductal carcinoma”. IDC can spread to other areas of the body or to lymph nodes, over the time.
With studies from American Cancer Society, there are more than 180,000 women found that they have invasive breast cancer every year. Majority of them are diagnosed with IDC.
Invasive ductal carcinoma is affected more commonly as women grew older, though it can affect at any age. Records shows an invasive breast cancer is diagnosed to two thirds of women who are 55 or older. Men can also be affected with Invasive ductal carcinoma.