Is it time to try watchful waiting in breast cancer?

There's an ongoing rise in overtreatment of DCIS.

Cancer experts say a radical rethink on routine breast screening is needed to reverse the ongoing rise in overdiagnosis and overtreatment of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).


Their comments come on the back of a review of 40 years of NSW data that shows there has been a 100-fold increase in DCIS diagnoses since government-funded mammography was introduced in the mid-1980s.

The study reveals that even after more accurate digital mammography was introduced in 2005 rates continued to rise.

As a result hundreds of women undergo