Stage 0 Breast Cancer Definition

Leading breast cancer expert Dr. Jay K. Harness defines stage 0 breast cancer and explains what it means for patients who are diagnosed with it.

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Jay K. Harness, MD, FACS: Stage 0 Breast Cancer.  What is stage 0 breast cancer?  Well there are basically five different stages of breast cancer.  0 stages 1, 2, 3, and 4.  Stage 0 of breast cancer means by definition in situ.  Therefore the cancer has not grown through the walls of the ducts.  Therefore as a stage 0 breast cancer, the cancer should not be a threat to your life.  The options for treating stage 0 breast cancer, what we discussed in other videos, but there are usual options involving breast conservation versus mastectomy.  We will talk more about that later on.

Dr. Jay K. Harness is a board certified surgeon currently treating patients at St. Joesph Hospital in Orange, CA. Dr. Harness specializes in complete breast health, breast cancer surgery, oncoplastic reconstruction, genetic screening, management of breast health issues, risk assessment and counseling. Dr. Harness is the medical director for Breast Cancer, and guides this first ever social media show’s information by drawing on his former leadership experience as the President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1969 and spent time early on in his career at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

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