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The panel didn't offer an alternative name.
But the issue is similar to cervical cancer, where abnormal cells form on the surface of the cervix before eventually invading. What doctors now call a precancerous condition -- and classify with various levels of severity -- they once termed cervical carcinoma in situ.
With DCIS, "this is a complex area we know less about," said Dr. Susan Reed of Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. "We don't have a clear understanding of how to say, for example, 'Mrs. Jones, your risk to get an invasive breast cancer in the next 10 years would be' some percentage."
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