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News2015October › Women with DCIS more likely to die from heart disease › October 2015

Women with DCIS more likely to die from heart disease

Most women diagnosed with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) are not dying from breast cancer-but from heart disease

Most women diagnosed with DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) are not dying from breast cancer-but from heart disease. This is because the condition is invariably benign and, despite its name, rarely develops into cancer.

Just 9 per cent of women with DCIS had died from breast cancer 20 years after diagnosis, compared to 33 per cent who instead died from cardiovascular disease.

Researchers were looking at the outcome of 121,000 cases of DCIS detected between 1991 and 2010 in the US.
They also discovered there was almost no difference in survival rates between different treatment approaches, whether lumpectomy, radiotherapy or mastectomy.

The researchers, from Duke Cancer Institute, say that a more individualized approach needs to be adopted, and that could include watchful-waiting where treatment is delayed.

(Source: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 2015; 107:djv262)


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