Dr Oz: Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) & Breast Cancer Detection


Dr Oz did a segment called “Breast Cancer Alert: Could Early Diagnosis Be Dangerous?” in which he discussed Ductal Carcinoma In Situ or DCIS.  Some of the scariest words a woman can hear is “you have breast cancer” because you start to get images of a lumpectomy, mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments.  But what if you find out the diagnosis you received was wrong?  Doctor Oz said that 260,000 women in America will find out they have breast cancer this year, and 1/5 of them will be Ductal Carcinoma In Situ or DCIS.  DCIS can turn into a very dangerous cancer, but DCIS can also be in a form that is relatively benign and won’t cause issues.  So should you treat a suspicious spot before it becomes dangerous, even if it may never become dangerous? Dr Oz DCIS


  1. Donna Pinto says

    Yeah….so excited to read this!!! I wrote Dr. Oz a letter on June 29, 2010. (See below) My mammogram in September was also CLEAR!!! I am also very interested in a study about alternative treatments for DCIS…I have been conducting my own study….please read my letter to Dr. Oz below…..thank you for posting this!!!!……….Donna Pinto

    On January 19, 2010, I was diagnosed with DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ), which is also referred to by the medical community as Stage 0 breast cancer and sometimes as a \precancerous condition.\ It is a confusing diagnosis. You don’t actually have breast cancer, but you sort of do. You should feel happy for \early detection.\ Or should you? As most of us in our modern google age do, when diagnosed with anything, we begin to dig for definitions, answers, anything that can give us more than the 10 minutes of explanation our doctors leave us stunned and shocked with. I soon discovered that 62,000 women annually are being diagnosed with this \precancerous condition.\ The alarming thing is the drastic treatments for DCIS, the statistics being touted (as if all DCIS patients could be lumped into one group) and the overwhelming fear and panic causing thousands of women to have immediate invasive and potentially harmful treatments such as lumpectomies, mastectomies, weeks of daily radiation therapy along with several more diagnostic and follow up mammograms before, during and after all these treatments, followed by ingesting toxifying drugs with harsh side effects. As I learned more about the role of diet and detoxification in preventing, fighting and eliminating cancer, I just said \NO\ to any more invasive treatments! I felt I had and needed time. I had already had two very invasive and quite horrific biopsies, 3 mammograms and an MRI. After a month of following a very strict detoxification plan which included eliminating toxins and adding nutrients through supplements and mostly an organic, raw plant-based diet, my MRI was clean — even though the biopsy had not gotten a \clear margin.\ I also had a thermal image of my breasts – this also showed nothing. The breast surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and breast specialist nurse however were all still recommending surgery to get \the margin\ — (which was tinier than a pinpoint to begin with) and 7 weeks of radiation. This was all for \prevention\ of something that may or may not ever turn into invasive cancer. They just don’t know. They say my chances of recurrence are anywhere from 5-30% higher if I do nothing. But still, DCIS, even if it were to recur, may never become full blown invasive cancer. In fact, according to an article published by Dr. Christiane Northrup, \autopsies on healthy women in their 40s who died in car accidents found that fully 40% of these women had evidence of DCIS in their breasts. This is NOT cancer,\ says Northrup. \And in the vast majority of women, it will never become cancer. But DCIS is now picked up on at least 15% of the newer digital high-resolution mammograms. And it’s being called stage zero breast cancer and often being over-treated with modalities that have significant side effects such as radiation, surgery, and Tamoxifen. This leads everyone to believe that they \beat breast cancer because they caught it early enough. I’ve said for years that there’s got to be a better way.\ And fortunately there is! True prevention means changing the conditions in your body that might lead to cancer in the first place. And I’m happy to announce that we now have the technology that can do just that. It’s state-of-the-art thermography.\ I had a breast thermogram and then a 3 month follow-up and all was in alignment with the MRI results — CLEAR!!! I want to share my story with ALL women and the men and children that LOVE them and do not want to see them fall victim to the current fear tactics for treating DCIS. We need to put more money into studying TRUE PREVENTION and dealing with this condition in a more sane manner!!!! When a woman finds a lump in her breast, it has usually been in progress for 8 or more years! This is too late!!! Please do a show about this. I feel very blessed to have had people in my life to guide me towards TRUE PREVENTION through noninvasive, life enhancing nutritionally based ways. I did EVERYTHING my holistic, naturaopathic DR. told me to do and within a month, my MRI and thermal image were both clear. I was directed to a thermal imaging technician who gives free seminars and has made it her life mission to educate ALL WOMEN so that we don’t have to ever lose our \breast friends\ and we can live longer, happier, healthy lives! The Suzan G Komen site states they put only 7% towards prevention. The BEST CURE FOR BREAST CANCER OR ANY CANCER is PREVENTION!! I decided I would create my own fundraiser — a hike to the top of HALF DOME — and raise awareness and $$$ for cancer prevention, education and holistic health. I did it just 2 weeks ago!!! I have awesome photos! I raised $800 already and have tons of supporters!! My friend started a facebook group called \Donna’s Choice: Global Healing from The Inside Out. It has my story and all the info I have learned there: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=373056561416

    I also came in 4th place in my age group for the famous Camp Pendelton MUD RUN just 1 week before that (I even beat my husband by 14 seconds!!) I want to be an example and shine a light on the positive side of any breast cancer diagnosis — especially those at such an early stage where they can DO a lot to create HEALTHY HAPPY outcomes. I am on a mission….please help me shine my light!!! Thank you!! ps: I never watch TV, but turned it on today while folding laundry and just happened to see your show on the importance of self breast exams….again….once a lump is found, it can be years in the making. A thermal image would pick this up years in advance!!!!! Please help women and those that love them!!!!

  2. Eveline Markow says

    Dear Dr. Oz
    I was diagnosed with DCIS, The DR. performed a Biopsy, Then they Scared my in to get a lumpectomy, which I had done on 07/11/11. Now they tell me that I need Radiation, I went to get a Themography in Oct. 2011 this DR. said low risk for significant developing Pathology. On 11/30/2011, I go to a other Thermography up in Paramus. I need your advise, do you know any one who does Thermography in Philladelpia.
    I am scared and don’t know what to do.

    Thank you

    Eveline Markow

  3. Peg says

    *I was advised to get baseline mammo 10 years prior to my mom’s diagnosis at age 44*. So, here I am at age 34 and recent mammogram indicated 2 tiny areas or microcalcifications and 1 small 5mm area they believe to be a fibroadenoma…no lumps or anything that i can feel. Only b/c of mother’s history they want to biopsy. Otherwise, they said they would just monitor. They tell me I only have a 2% chance of anything being cancer. I have done enough research to know that most fibroadenomas and microcalcifications NEVER go to become anything. It was a very hard decision, but I have opted to monitor for now. Docs are still pushing for biopsies though. I don’t want to just start cutting into everything simply b/c of a 2% chance it *could* be something. If i stay on top of things are keep monitoring, I will still be able to catch anything should it ever turn into anything.

  4. Christine says

    I was diagnosed with DCIS this last spring while I was still 39 years old (I just turned 40 end of June). I’ve had two biopsies (at one time), and 3 wide excision surgeries for it. I was recommended to have radiation or a mastectomy. I opted for the mastectomy but I haven’t yet had it. Meanwhile I have changed to a vegetarian diet, and now I am reading a book called “The Hallelujah Diet” which talks how we can change our health by eating a raw foods diet. (and juicing vegetable) Its very interesting. I am slowly trying to change my diet to an even cleaner one and I am hoping that when I go for my thermography appt. next week that it will show good things. A friend of mine also got me started on a 21 day juice called Xango mangosteen juice. I can still choose to forego the mastectomy but at this point I haven’t yet decided.

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