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October 2009 Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource Highlights Ductal Carcinoma In Situ, New Hearing Aid Options and Self-Acceptance
Date:10/24/2009

ROCHESTER, Minn., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Here are highlights from the October issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource. You may cite this publication as often as you wish. Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource attribution is required. Reprinting is allowed for a fee. Include the following subscription information as your editorial policies permit: Visit www.bookstore.mayoclinic.com or call toll-free for subscription information, 800-876-8633, extension 9751.

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Ductal Carcinoma In Situ -- A Highly Treatable Breast Cancer; Questions Remain on how Aggressively to Treat

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Doctors and their patients with a specific type of breast cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) are successfully employing treatments to beat the disease, with 10-year survival rates approaching nearly 100 percent.

But questions remain on how aggressively to treat this cancer. The October issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource lays out the issues and treatment choices.

DCIS occurs when abnormal cells multiply and form a growth within a breast's milk duct. The cells are considered cancerous but have remained in place within the milk duct. "In situ" means "in place."

More than 62,000 cases of DCIS are diagnosed in the United States annually, making it the most rapidly increasing type of noninvasive cancer. The majority of DCIS cases -- about 90 percent -- are discovered during routine mammograms. DCIS usually has no outward signs or symptoms.

DCIS isn't considered life threatening, but, if not detected and treated, it can progress to a more serious form of invasive cancer. The best tr
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