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Why can’t a breast exam detect ductal carcinoma in situ?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Because ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) doesn't necessarily cause a lump it is difficult to detect during a clinical breast exam performed by a healthcare professional or with a self-breast exam (80% are diagnosed by mammography alone).

 

 

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