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BCNA News 15 Oct 2019

BCNA releases DCIS video

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) has released a new video about ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which aims to explain the condition to diagnosed women and their support network.

DCIS is the name for abnormal or unusual changes in the cells that line the milk ducts of the breast. Around 2,000 women are diagnosed with DCIS in Australia each year, most commonly through screening mammograms.

For these women, the diagnosis can be confusing. Sometimes referred to as a pre-cancer, there are various grades of DCIS which may require different treatments, including surgery and radiotherapy.

DCIS is non-life threatening. However, if left untreated, the abnormal cells may undergo further changes that allow them to spread outside the milk ducts into the surrounding breast tissue. When this happens, it is called invasive breast cancer.

Most women who undergo treatment never have DCIS again or develop invasive breast cancer.

The BCNA video has been developed in conjunction with Cancer Australia to provide a further understanding of DCIS and its treatment. It can be viewed here.

The My Journey online tool offers further information on DCIS. A hardcopy booklet explaining DCIS is also available. Please contact BCNA on 1800 500 258 for further information.