How serious is ductal carcinoma?
DCIS isn’t life-threatening, but having DCIS can increase the risk of developing an invasive breast cancer later on. When you have had DCIS, you are at higher risk for the cancer coming back or for developing a new breast cancer than a person who has never had breast cancer before.
How long can you live after being diagnosed with breast cancer?
The NCI reports that 90 percent of women with breast cancer survive 5 years after diagnosis. This survival rate includes all women with breast cancer, regardless of the stage. The 5-year survival rate for women diagnosed with localized breast cancer is about 99 percent.
Is ductal breast cancer painful?
New pain in one particular location of a breast. Dimpling around the nipple or on the breast skin. Nipple pain or the nipple turning inward. Nipple discharge.
Why did I get DCIS?
DCIS forms when genetic mutations occur in the DNA of breast duct cells. The genetic mutations cause the cells to appear abnormal, but the cells don’t yet have the ability to break out of the breast duct. Researchers don’t know exactly what triggers the abnormal cell growth that leads to DCIS.
Does ductal carcinoma in situ spread?
DCIS can’t spread outside the breast, but it still needs to be treated because it can sometimes go on to become invasive breast cancer (which can spread). In most cases, a woman with DCIS can choose between breast-conserving surgery (BCS) and simple mastectomy.
Can you live 20 years after breast cancer?
Since the hazard rate associated with inflammatory breast cancer shows a sharp peak within the first 2 years and a rapid reduction in risk in subsequent years, it is highly likely that the great majority of patients alive 20 years after diagnosis are cured.