Directly from the USA: Clinical Breast Exam Rarely Detects Second Breast Cancer After DCIS

For patients undergoing surveillance following diagnosis and treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), very few second breast cancers are detected by clinical breast examination by a physician, according to a study published online Dec. 28 in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Bethany T. Waites, M.D., from the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center, and colleagues performed a retrospective cohort study of patients with DCIS treated between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2011, to assess the modes of detection of second cancers. The study cohort included 1,550 women (median age at diagnosis, 59 years), who were followed for a median of 10 years.

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