Introduction 

The codes used by doctors, health insurance companies, and many public health agencies named as ICD 10 codes. They assign these codes to every disease, injury, health insurance for some specific injury or illness, infection and symptoms. These codes are useful for compiling all the related information, tracking disease, recording disease history and statistics worldwide. 

Breast cancer is a disease which spreads in the breast of male or female. It is common among females because of specific reasons. We have also seen rare cases of breast cancer even in males, but still, it is common among females. So, it instructs females to take proper measures to protect themselves from breast cancer or metastatic breast cancer

Several women die every year because of breast cancer. The doctors, in collaboration with researchers, have started many programs to spread awareness about breast cancer. The purpose of these programs is to spread awareness about its symptoms, causes and treatments. Doctors, insurance companies, physicians and public health experts use some specific ICD 10 codes for breast cancer recognition. They use these codes to record the information, history, and ICD 10 Breast Cancer Screening. These codes are also useful in checking the personal history of breast cancer. 

How to use ICD 10 codes 

The alphanumeric ICD 10 codes contain 3 to 7 characters, and all these characters show some particular diagnostic in detail. 

  • It represents the category of the disease or disorder by the first three characters. 
  • It represents the severity of the problem by 4 to 6th characters. 
  • The character number 5 defines the site of the body where the problem is present, while the 6th character shows that whether it is on the left side or right side. The seventh character is used to define the initial encounter of a particular disease.

The codes must be explained by the medical coders who keep the records. Some coders are experts, and they read the codes manually while some coders have software to read the codes. It requires a specific degree to become a medical coder. The medical record must be recorded and interpreted by the medical coder, which must then use in different ways. It uses the data for:

  • Sending the document and claim to the health insurance companies for further action (payment of bills etc.)
  • Determining the prevalence of the disease, geographically, among genders and age groups. 
  • Predicting the future of some specific problem

The ICD 10 code for breast cancer 

The ICD 10 codes for breast cancer include the codes for both the right and left sides, and there are separate codes for both males and females. For example, the ICD code 10 for Malignant neoplasm of nipple and areola, the right female breast is C50-011. C50 represents malignant neoplasm while the remaining 011 represents nipple and areola, right female breast, 1 describes the right side of the breast. 

  • 2 represents the left side of the breast.
  • The codes for personal history or family history are Z85.3 and Z80.3.

The ICD 10 codes for Cancer diagnostic of the left side of the female breast are:

C50.012 Malignant neoplasm of the nipple and areola on the left female breast

C50.112 Malignant neoplasm of the central portion left female breast

C50.212 Malignant neoplasm of the upper-inner quadrant left female breast

C50.312 Malignant neoplasm of the lower-inner quadrant left female breast

C50.412 Malignant neoplasm of the upper-outer quadrant left female breast

C50.512 Malignant neoplasm of the lower-outer quadrant left female breast

C50.612 Malignant neoplasm of the axillary tail left of the female breast

C50.812 Malignant neoplasm of overlapping of sites of the left female breast

C50.912 Malignant neoplasm of the unspecified site left female breast

D05.02 Lobular carcinoma in situ left breast

D05.12 Intraductal carcinoma in situ left breast

D05.82 Another specified type of carcinoma in situ left breast

D05 shows carcinoma of the left breast, while 2 shows the left breast. 

The ICD 10 codes for cancer diagnostic of the right side of the female breast are:

C50.011 Malignant neoplasm of the nipple and areola, right female breast

C50.111 Malignant neoplasm of the central portion, right female breast

C50.211 Malignant neoplasm of the upper-inner quadrant, right female breast

C50.311 Malignant neoplasm of the lower-inner quadrant, right female breast

C50.411 Malignant neoplasm of the upper-outer quadrant, right female breast

C50.511 Malignant neoplasm of the lower-outer quadrant, right female breast

C50.611 Malignant neoplasm of the axillary tail, right female breast

C50.811 Malignant neoplasm of overlapping sites, right female breast

C50.911 Malignant neoplasm of unspecified site, right female breast

D05.01 Lobular carcinoma in situ right breast

D05.11 Intraductal carcinoma in situ right breast

D05.81 Another specified type of carcinoma in situ, right breast

The character in the last two codes shows intraductal carcinoma, while 8 shows any other specified type of carcinoma. 

The ICD 10 codes for the cancer diagnostic of the right side of male breast 

C50.021 Malignant neoplasm of the nipple and areola, of right male breast

C50.121 Malignant neoplasm of the central portion, right male breast

C50.221 Malignant neoplasm of the upper-inner quadrant, right male breast

C50.321 Malignant neoplasm of the lower-inner quadrant, right male breast

C50.421 Malignant neoplasm of the upper-outer quadrant, right male breast

C50.521 Malignant neoplasm of the lower-outer quadrant, right male breast

C50.621 Malignant neoplasm of the axillary tail, right male breast

C50.821 Malignant neoplasm of the overlapping sites, right male breast

C50.921 Malignant neoplasm of unspecified location, right male breast

D05.01 Lobular carcinoma in situ right breast

D05.11 Intraductal carcinoma in situ right breast

D05.81 Another specified type of carcinoma in situ, right breast

The ICD 10 codes for cancer diagnostics of the left side of the male breast

C50.022 Malignant neoplasm of the nipple and areola left male breast

C50.122 Malignant neoplasm of a central portion left male breast

C50.222 Malignant neoplasm of the upper-inner quadrant left of male breast

C50.322 Malignant neoplasm of the lower-inner quadrant left male breast

C50.422 Malignant neoplasm of the upper-outer quadrant left male breast

C50.522 Malignant neoplasm of the lower-outer quadrant left male breast

C50.622 Malignant neoplasm of the axillary tail left male breast

C50.822 Malignant neoplasm of the overlapping sites left male breast

C50.922 Malignant neoplasm of the unspecified site left male breast

D05.02 Lobular carcinoma in situ left breast

D05.12 Intraductal carcinoma in situ left breast

D05.82 Another specified type of carcinoma in situ left breast

The ICD 10 Codes for Personal and Family History of Breast Cancer

Z85.3 Personal history of the malignant neoplasm of the breast

Z80.3 Family history of the malignant neoplasm of breast

Some other codes

  • C50.919 is some specific ICD 10 code which usually used for reimbursement purpose, for the diagnostic of Malignant neoplasm of UNSP site of unspecified female breast 
  • It released the latest edition of ICD 10 codes in October 2019. 

Conclusion 

The ICD 10 codes are beneficial not only in the diagnostic of breast cancer but also in keeping the record and history of breast cancer. They are helpful in Breast Cancer Screening and for insurance companies. When you need to track a record or check the family history, you can quickly provide the code with the medical coder, he/she will check it on some code reading machine and get all the details. Nurses and other medical staff use these codes except to write lengthy information.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here