The real news is not that celebrity chef Sandra Lee wasn’t told about her diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), but rather fear was planted in her mind that she was a “ticking time bomb.” This is unfortunate since DCIS is not classified as a form of invasive breast cancer. In fact, a women’s risk of dying from DCIS within five years of diagnosis is less than one percent.
The number of diagnosed cases of DCIS in U.S. has grown from 2 in every 100,000 women in the mid of 70s to 33 in every 100,000 by 2004.
Since there is so much awareness around breast cancer, even doctors can sometimes take an extremist approach towards DCIS treatment options. That’s the real problem. DCIS is not as much of a life-threatening problem as most women are led to believe.
What is DCIS?
Ductal cell carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is a “Non-cancer.” It is a condition wherein abnormal and non-cancerous cells are contained within the breast’s milk ducts that have not spread to nearby tissues. Conventional medicine has characterized it as a “pre-cancerous” condition. Unfortunately, Sandra Lee’s doctor still recommended her to undergo a double mastectomy, which she did.
It is quite understandable why women are so confused about what DCIS diagnosis means. In fact, they are treated by their doctors as if they have breast cancer. The very same doctors and hospital establishments that pose the question about the validity of DCIS as cancer also put women’s lives at risk by introducing them to harsh cancer treatments that they promote.
Dangers of DCIS Treatment
DCIS is not invasive cancer. It sits on the wall of breast’s milk ducts. As a result, when a woman is diagnosed with DCIS, she is taken through the same protocol as one goes though for invasive breast cancer. This, unfortunately, includes radiation, lumpectomy, rounds of toxic drugs and mastectomy. However, practically DCIS patients should ideally be given the hormone therapy drug Tamoxifen.
What should you do if you are diagnosed with DCIS?
Don’t let yourself be fooled by your doctor and allow him to carry on harmful procedures that may cause invasive breast cancer. You should instead listen to advises from a physician who guides you on options for preventive and proactive care. Take up the “wait-and-see” approach to DCIS. With the help of non-invasive practices, continually monitor your breast health. There are procedures such as thermography that can detect cancerous cells long before mammography can.
Reader – Do you know anyone that has been diagnosed with DCIS? What did their doctor tell them?
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