So you have heard the words “carcinoma” and LCIS and you turned to the internet and googled “it.” You’ve been surfing around online trying to make sense of what is happening to you, to sort it out and to put together some sort of plan. I know, I did the same thing. That is why I started breast cancer MyStory. It is here for you so you’d have a soft space online to land when the hard diagnosis of breast cancer hits. Take your time to wander our site. In all your frantic worries of the moment, don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers (thus the photo reminder to the left that I took near my son Kyle’s apartment in Chicago). We are here for you 24/7 and you are welcome anytime.
The following information is from breastcancer.org:
What is LCIS?
“Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) is an area (or areas) of abnormal cell growth that increases a person’s risk of developing invasive breast cancer later on in life. Lobular means that the abnormal cells start growing in the lobules, the milk-producing glands at the end of breast ducts. Carcinoma refers to any cancer that begins in the skin or other tissues that cover internal organs — such as breast tissue. In situ or “in its original place” means that the abnormal growth remains inside the lobule and does not spread to surrounding tissues. People diagnosed with LCIS tend to have more than one lobule affected.
Despite the fact that its name includes the term “carcinoma,” LCIS is not a true breast cancer. Rather, LCIS is an indication that a person is at higher-than-average risk for getting breast cancer at some point in the future. For this reason, some experts prefer the term “lobular neoplasia” instead of “lobular carcinoma.” A neoplasia is a collection of abnormal cells.
LCIS is usually diagnosed before menopause, most often between the ages of 40 and 50. Less than 10% of women diagnosed with LCIS have already gone through menopause. LCIS is extremely uncommon in men.
LCIS is viewed as an uncommon condition, but we don’t know exactly how many people are affected. That’s because LCIS does not cause symptoms and usually does not show up on a mammogram. It tends to be diagnosed as a result of a biopsy performed on the breast for some other reason.
In the following sections you can learn more about:
- LCIS and Breast Cancer Risk
- Symptoms and Diagnosis of LCIS
- Treatment for LCIS
- Follow-up Care for LCIS“
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