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Rethinking the word ‘cancer’ for women with early signs

Without a doubt, breast cancer is the disease women fear most and — with its potential to kill — for good reason. But oncologists who treat breast cancer find that even the tiniest, most curable growths provoke extreme anxiety in women simply because they’re called “cancer.”

For this reason, some say the diagnosis of such self-contained cancers, called ductal carcinoma in situ, should be renamed to lift the “big C” label.

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