Overdiagnosis of Breast Cancer

October 3, 2013
Deanna J. Attai, MD

Deanna J. Attai, MD, surgeon, president, Center For Breast Care, Burbank, CA, discusses the overdiagnosis of breast cancer.

Deanna J. Attai, MD, surgeon, president, Center For Breast Care, Burbank, CA, discusses the overdiagnosis of breast cancer.

The presentation at the 2013 Breast Cancer Symposium was particularly good, Attai says, because it looked at breast cancer diagnosis from the perspective of a pathologist, radiologist, and surgeon.

Clinical Pearls

Because breast cancer is a complicated disease, pathologists sometimes have a hard time determining between high-risk lesions and low-grade cancer, Attai says. Instead of just issuing a blanket statement that breast cancer is being overdiagnosed and overtreated, the oncology community needs to dig deeper into the definition and identification of the disease in order to individualize treatment.

  • Pathologists sometimes have difficulty determining between high-risk lesions and low-grade cancer
  • There is a need to dig deeper into the definition and identification of breast cancer