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A 45-year-old member asked:

Is dcis breast cancer be caused by stress?

5 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
No: There is no clear evidence that stress levels increase the incidence of dcis.
Dr. Michael Sabel
Surgical Oncology 29 years experience
No: The risk factors for dcis are the same as breast cancer; age, family history, estrogen exposure, etc. There is no evidence that stress increases that risk.
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Unknown: It is very difficult if not impossible to attribute one factor alone as a cause of breast cancer. A recent study looked at stress levels in breast cancer patients and found the stress scores higher in those with more aggressive cancers, but it's hard to know whether the stress caused the aggressive form or if the aggressive cancer caused more stress. Regardless, stress, obviously, is never good.
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
DCIS, the earliest stage of breast cancer, has no known cause.
Oct 3, 2011
Dr. Marci Dietrich
Bariatrics 41 years experience
Maybe: New research indicates that one form of hormone receptor negative breast cancer aka triple negative has found "stress" to be an independent risk factor for this type of breast cancer. This breast cancer is about 15% of all breast cancer. Little is known how to treat it and it has rather benign looking mammogram and ultrasound! dcis is not invasive--or really breast cancer--but can become ca.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Unclear: The data on this is unclear. Stress has a negative effect on many systems in the body.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What causes dcis breast cancer?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
In one word unknown : Ductal carcinoma in situ dcis is simply the sleeping cancer cells inside the breast ducts, like a garden hose loaded with cancer cells safe if they are inside the duct , once they are out side then is invasive cancer, ready to spread, cause is unknown at this time, from genetic mutations, braca i & ii age, hormonal uses.Environment , late age pregnancy life style etc are all attributed.

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