Ductal carcinoma in situ (inside) is a Stage 0 non-invasive breast cancer that originates and is contained in the lining of the milk ducts. Ductal carcinoma in situ is the most common type of noninvasive breast cancer.
Invasive ductal carcinoma, the most common type of breast cancer, is characterized when the mutated cells spread from the ducts into the breast tissue.
If untreated, invasive ductal carcinoma can spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body.
Anybody can develop ductal carcinoma, but certain factors may increase your risk, such as:
Learn more about the High-Risk Breast Cancer Program at Magee.
Talk to your doctor if you notice any of the following symptoms:
Experts at the Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program use a variety of tests and procedures to diagnose and screen for breast cancer, including:
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Mammogram with computer-aided detection (CAD)
3D mammogram (tomosynthesis)
Minimally invasive breast biopsy
If you're diagnosed with ductal carcinoma, treatment will depend on your general health and the results of your tests.
Your doctors and other specialists at the Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program will work with you to consider your options and determine a course of action.
Surgery is often the primary treatment for breast cancer.
In many cases, we may also recommend additional therapies before (neo adjuvant) or after (adjuvant) surgery to control an aggressive cancer or to reduce the risk of recurrence.
Procedures and treatments for breast cancer may include:
Ask your doctor or nurse to teach you how to perform a breast exam on yourself. Each clinical visit should also include a breast exam.
View screening recommendations for women without symptoms or a family history of breast cancer.
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