Your browser does not support javascript:   Search for gard hereSearch for news-and-events here.

Diseases

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

Print friendly version

Metaplastic carcinoma of the breast


Other Names for this Disease

  • Adenosquamous carcinoma
  • Carcinoma with metaplasia
  • Metaplastic breast cancer
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.

Your Question

Is metaplastic carcinoma of the breast considered a genetic and rare disease?

Our Answer

We have identified the following information that we hope you find helpful. If you still have questions, please contact us.

What is metaplastic carcinoma of the breast?

Metaplastic carcinoma of the breast is a rare form of breast cancer. The tumor cells differ in type from that of the typical ductal or lobular breast cancers. The cells look like skin cells or cells that make bone. Some women experience no early signs or symptoms, while others experience general symptoms of breast cancers, such as new breast lumps. Treatment of metaplastic carcinoma of the breast is similar to that of invasive ductal cancer.[1]
Last updated: 6/22/2011

Is metaplastic carcinoma of the breast considered a genetic and rare disease?

Metaplastic carcinoma of the breast is a rare condition. The exact prevalence is not known. While estimates vary, it is thought to account for less than 1% of all breast cancers.[2] 

In the broad sense, metaplastic carcinoma of the breast is also genetic. All cancers involve genetic changes in affected cells. Currently, no inherited genetic predisposing risk factors have been identified. The underlying cause of this cancer is unknown.[3]
Last updated: 6/22/2011

References
Other Names for this Disease
  • Adenosquamous carcinoma
  • Carcinoma with metaplasia
  • Metaplastic breast cancer
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.