Myth: All breast cancers are the same
Here’s The Truth
There are many different types of breast cancer—which are determined by the specific cells in the breast that become cancer—and each type has different features and considerations. Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), for instance, is a non-invasive cancer where abnormal cells are found in the lining of the breast milk duct where the atypical cells have not spread, making it very treatable. Metastatic breast cancer, or Stage 4, means that the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. There is also male breast cancer, breast cancer during pregnancy, and several other types. You can learn more about the various types of breast cancer here.
Depending on the type of cancer and your individual circumstances, treatment, side effects, and prognosis will vary. While breast cancer might seem like a one-size-fits-all diagnosis on the outside, every type of cancer is different, which is why it is essential to learn as much as you can if breast cancer affects you or someone you love.
Medically reviewed June 2023