Study Suggests Some Treatment For Early Breast Cancer Is Unnecessary

“Study Suggests Some Treatment For Early Breast Cancer Is Unnecessary,” by Rob Stein, NPR.

Nearly 70,000 women are diagnosed with DCIS each year. DCIS is an overgrowth of cells within the lining of the milk ducts. Such growths are not dangerous unless they break through and invade other breast tissue and ultimately spread to lymph nodes and other organs. Before mammography screening, DCIS accounted for only about 3 percent of breast cancers; now it accounts for about a third. While many view DCIS as a very early stage of breast cancer, a growing number say it really shouldn’t be called “cancer” at all.

A new study renews questions about how aggressively doctors should treat DCIS.  NPR’s Rob Stein reports that the findings are the latest indication that some women are getting unnecessary treatment for breast cancer. Interview with Dr. Otis Brawley of the American Cancer Society and Dr. Laura Esserman, breast cancer expert at the University of California, San Francisco.

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