Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Symptoms Are Rare and Generally Unobtrusive, But Can Be Found with Regular Screening

The symptoms of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS breast cancer), are usually not very noticeable, and in most cases, people do not exhibit any actual symptoms. Also known as intraductal carcinoma, DCIS happens when cancer develops within the duct walls without spreading to other breast tissue, which is why it is considered to be a non-invasive form of cancer. While it may lead to more invasive forms of cancer if left untreated, intraductal carcinoma can almost always be cured once it is found. Because of this, people over the age of 40 are recommended to have routine screening performed by a medical professional to check for the presence of DCIS, which is usually found on a mammogram in the form of small, irregularly shaped clusters of calcifications.

The DCIS breast cancer symptoms that can appear, while rare, may include the following:

  • Small breast lumps
  • Bloody discharge from the nipple
  • An area of skin that is puckered or has a similarly unusual shape
  • A thickened region beneath the skin
  • Breast pain

Individuals who experience any ductal carcinoma in situ symptoms or suspect they may have intraductal carcinoma may visit Tampa General Hospital for proper treatment. Some of the treatments that may be performed for DCIS breast cancer include mastectomy, breast-conserving surgery and external and internal radiation therapy. Our multidisciplinary team, including cancer specialists and other medical professionals, is committed to the development of individualized treatment plans for each patient while providing compassionate, patient-centered care.