Should Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) be treated?

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DCIS is a controversial diagnosis: is it cancer or not? Should it be treated or not?

As mammography technology becomes increasingly more sensitive, the number of ‘abnormalities’ detected in the breast also increases; however, not all breast abnormalities require treatment. 

About 60,000 cases of DCIS are diagnosed each year and not all will be life threatening. Medical professionals cannot determine which women diagnosed with DCIS will eventually develop invasive breast cancer and which won’t.

Breast Cancer Action has a new factsheet about DCIS about DCIS, current treatment options, ‘active surveillance,’ and other questions you might have as you make decisions about your DCIS diagnosis.

Also, they have posted their recent Mammography webinar: "The Oversimplification of Early Detection: Screening Mammography and Breast Cancer Overdiagnosis." and Resources and Suggestions for Women Newly Diagnosed with Breast Cancer.