What is Adenosquamous Carcinoma of the breast?
It is a rare type of cancer with no significant signs or symptoms. The average tumour size found in patients was 2.8 cm. Adenosquamous carcinoma of the breast tends to metastasize to the lymph nodes, lungs, and other parts of the body.
There is no known reason. However, certain genetic mutations and risk factors such as obesity, a family history of breast cancer (it may be hereditary or due to the same risk behavior that can cause cancer), previous exposure to radiation or radiation therapy, lack of exercise, alcohol consumption, an unhealthy diet is believed to be responsible for the development of adenosquamous carcinoma of the breast.
It is rare cancer that usually affects females between the ages of 20-85 years. The mean age for the occurrence of the disease is 50 years.
Signs and Symptoms
The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- A palpable (Felt able, touchable) mass usually of greater than 5cm in the breast
The following diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to diagnose adenosquamous carcinoma of the breast, its size, and spread in the body.
- Mammography ( X-Ray breast)
- CT-scan, MRI, and PET scan to see the size, site, and extent of the tumour.
- Skin biopsy
- FNA( Fine needle aspiration) or core needle biopsy; are diagnostic procedures in which a sample of cells from a mass or lump is taken using a fine needle, which is then examined under a microscope.
- Histopathological examination
Surgical removal of the affected breast (mastectomy), or the surgical removal of the tumour (excisional biopsy) and the affected lymph nodes, along with radiation therapy, is the main treatment option. Breast-conserving radiation therapy is also recommended.
What Support can we Give for Adenosquamous Carcinoma of the Breast?
Adenosquamous Carcinoma of the Breast is rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Adenosquamous Carcinoma of the Breast, we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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