Signs and Symptoms of DCIS

A small number of women go to their GP with breast symptoms and are referred for a mammogram. These symptoms may be:

  • a breast lump
  • discomfort or pain in one breast
  • fluid (discharge) from the nipple
  • a rash or itching on or around the nipple.

Paget’s disease of the breast

Paget’s disease is a condition that affects the skin of the nipple. It causes redness, discharge or bleeding and sometimes itching of the nipple and the darker area around it (the areola).

Women who have Paget’s disease may have DCIS or an invasive breast cancer.

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What is DCIS?

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is the earliest possible form of breast cancer. It needs to be treated but is not life-threatening.

The breasts

Breasts are made up of fat, supportive (connective) tissue and glandular tissue containing milk lobes.