Thousands of women are diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
Around 80 per cent elect for surgery which can involve removal of breasts
But new research reveals doctors were 'over-enthusiastic' with operations
The risk of someone dying from DCIS is broadly same as a healthy woman
Thousands of women are having needless surgery for breast tumours which won’t harm them, researchers have warned.
Debilitating and distressing operations do not improve survival chances for patients with a common form of early breast cancer, a study found.
Furthermore, patients with this type of the illness – considered a precursor to a more serious form – are no more likely to die than the general population.