Precancerous lesions are more accurately termed “dysplasia”BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6024 (Published 09 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6024
- Joseph P Houghton, clinical senior lecturer (histopathology)1
- 1Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK
Precancerous lesions, often detected by cancer screening programmes, fascinate histopathologists. Microscopic examination shows some of the architectural and cytological features of malignancy but no invasion of surrounding healthy tissue.
As a practising histopathologist, I have always felt uncomfortable that patients with these conditions, such as ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast, are often told …