Histopathological and cell biological factors of ductal carcinoma in situ before and after the introduction of mammographic screening

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With the introduction of mammographic screening the incidence of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) has increased to 10-15% of all breast cancers. The aim of this study was to investigate whether there were any morphological and cell biological differences between DCIS detected during the pre-screening (n = 39) as opposed to the screening period (n = 120). We could not demonstrate any statistically significant differences between the pre-screening and the screening period with regard to nuclear grade, presence of necrosis, the Van Nuys classification system, growth pattern, or cell biological factors (estrogen and progesterone receptors, c-erbB-2, p53, DNA ploidy status, Ki67, and Auer classes). These findings suggest that DCIS tumors detected during the two time periods have a similar malignant potential. DCIS detected during the screening period was further divided into the prevalence period versus the period thereafter, and symptomatic versus screening-detected asymptomatic cases. More cases with diffuse growth patterns were seen during the prevalence period than after the prevalence period, and screening-detected asymptomatic DCISs were more often 15 mm or smaller in diameter than DCISs detected symptomatically.


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  • Cancer and Oncology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)653-659
JournalActa Oncologica
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Pathology, (Lund) (013030000), Surgery Research Unit (013242220), Surgery (Lund) (013009000), Oncology, MV (013035000)