Cells Lining Milk Ducts Hold Key To Spread Of Common Form Of Breast Cancer

Monday, May 5, 2008 - 21:14 in Health & Medicine

Researchers report that when ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, spreads beyond the breast's milk ducts, the cause lies not in the tumor cells themselves but in a group of abnormal surrounding cells that cause the milk ducts' walls to deteriorate. The discovery may lead to screening tests to determine whether the disease is likely to spread beyond the ducts, based on genetic abnormalities in cells in the ducts' lining.

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