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Surgery, Radiation May Not Improve Survival For Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancer

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A major new study shows that surgery and radiation may not have any effect on survival rates for women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer.

The analysis of more than 100,000 patients with “Stage 0” breast cancer reinforces a growing belief that current treatment regimens for this condition are overly aggressive or outright unnecessary. It also creates an even more frustrating gray area for women and doctors trying to navigate a diagnosis that affects about 60,000 Americans each year.

The findings, published this week in JAMA Oncology, follow a stream of other research that calls into question widely accepted standards of care for breast cancer.

For example, medical providers have changed their recommended schedules for mammography screenings after scientists have increasingly concluded that mammograms are not as accurate as once thought. Also, ever-shifting knowledge about how people’s diets and environments affect their risk of getting cancer have added complexity to what used to be relatively clear-cut diagnostic and treatment protocols.

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