Dr. Harness describes ductal carcinoma in situ symptoms.
Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Couple things, first of all, most in situ breast cancers are not symptomatic. Very small percentage of women can actually have a spontaneous, one breast, having a clear nipple discharge, not very common. So again, most in situ cancers are not symptomatic.
More so in Europe and elsewhere in the world than in the United States, they can occasionally actually grow into a lump in the breast, a mass. We don’t see that very often because of the amount of screening we do in the United States, but my colleagues around the world actually will have palpable lumps of the breast, take them up, and in fact that lump is all an in situ breast cancer. But typical patient probably doesn’t have any symptoms at all.
About Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness, M.D., is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology. Graduating medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducting his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery, Dr. Harness is the immediate past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and is President-elect of Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness can assist patients in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.