Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (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’s FREE factsheet about DCIS provides unbiased information about DCIS, current treatment options, ‘active surveillance,’ and questions you might have for your healthcare provider as you make decisions about your DCIS diagnosis.
To understand the issues, the options, and the decisions that you need to make:
- Download our new DCIS factsheet.
- Understand all of your treatment options. This may include traditional treatment options or close monitoring known as active surveillance.
- Learn about questions to help frame a conversation with your medical provider to understand what the right treatment and decision is for you.
- Listen to our recent Mammography webinar: “The Oversimplification of Early Detection: Screening Mammography and Breast Cancer Overdiagnosis.”
- Check out our Resources and Suggestions for Women Newly Diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
Breast Cancer Action believes that all women should have information about the risks and benefits of all breast cancer treatment options for DCIS, in order to make a decision that is best for them. We hope these resources are helpful to you and your community.