Low grade Ductal Carcinoma in situ (DCIS): how best to describe it?

Lesley Fallowfield*, Lucy Matthews, Adele Francis, Valerie Jenkins, Daniel Rea

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Background: In the absence of definitive data about the natural history of DCIS the appropriateness of describing DCIS as cancer is controversial.

Methods: We conducted a survey amongst British Breast Group (BBG) members, to determine which descriptions of DCIS were deemed most accurate and appropriate.

Results: 54/73 (74%) attendees completed the survey: A majority (34/54; 63%) said they would be comfortable using the description that explained DCIS as abnormal cells in the milk ducts that had not spread into other breast tissue and which did not need urgent treatment as if it was breast cancer and this description was overall the most preferred (24/54; 44%).

Conclusions: Little consensus exists regarding how best to explain low grade DCIS to patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)693-696
Number of pages4
JournalThe Breast
Issue number5
Early online date27 Jun 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014


  • Breast screening
  • Clinicians' views
  • Low grade DCIS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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