Women told they have breast 'cancer' more likely to want surgery

August 27, 2013 12:04 AM

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Women told they have breast 'cancer' more likely to want surgery

Women were more likely to want surgery when they were told they had a type of breast cancer than when the diagnosis was a breast lesion or a group of abnormal cells — even though all three scenarios described the same disease. The findings, reported Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, offer a new way to gauge the power of the word “cancer.”

The words doctors use to tell a woman she has ductal carcinoma in situ can make a big difference in the treatment she chooses. Ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, can be an early form of breast cancer. But in many cases, the tumor never grows beyond the milk duct where it was found. If it does invade...

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