The glands that are present in women’s breasts are called lobules. The milk will be produced through these glands. The milk will flow through the ducts and it will reach the nipple. The origin of breast cancer is the duct. In some cases, the cancer might begin its journey from lobules as well. Lobular carcinoma is spelled in two terms. One condition can be operated and the other cannot be operated. State I, II and IIIA are not operable conditions and Stage IIIC is the operable condition. Invasive Lobular carcinoma is the second most common breast cancer. The percentage of women who suffer with this kind of cancer stands in between 5% and 10%. The disease might spread to other parts of the body as well. If the condition begins in one lobule, it will affect other lobules as well.
LICA (Lobular carcinoma in situ)
LICA is assumed to be a form of breast cancer. However, it will not qualify to declare as cancer in technical terms. However, it can be used as a benchmark as it has scope for the onset of invasive as well as non-invasive breast cancers. The abnormal cells that are present in the mild producing glands of the breast are the main cause for this condition. The cells will not spread to other parts of the body and they will not go out of the lobules as well. In most of the women LICA is traced before they crossed the menopause. In 50% of the cases, it is traced that more than one lobule is affected by damaged cells.
Even though there is hope that LICA will not spread to other parts, it should be checked on a regular basis. There is possibility to convert into invasive breast cancer in the next 15 years. In such cases, both breasts will be involved and the milk ducts will be affected in this process.
There are no symptoms that are associated with Lobular carcinoma. It cannot be traced through the mammography that is done on a regular basis. There is no relation to the presence of calcium deposits in the breast cells. In order to confirm the disease, a biopsy is the best solution. If there is some other defect, the biopsy will be conducted and the presence of cancer will be confirmed. As biopsy results will be similar to ductal carcinoma, doctors will go for a second opinion to confirm the disease.
In most of the cases, the doctor will suggest to go through the wait and watch policy. The condition will be observed through routine self examination and mammographs at regular intervals. There might be some relief through the usage of anti-estrogen drugs. Especially, who had a strong family history will go through these kinds of medications so that the risk factor will be reduced. The invasive development of the cancer will be reduced through the usage of the drugs.
The risk to breast cancer can be reduced through preventive surgery as well. One or both breasts can be removed in this process.