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Breast cancer management in primary care

Although most women are aware that a lump can be a sign of breast cancer, awareness of other potential signs and symptoms among the public are poor. This article discusses risk factors and presentation of breast cancer in primary care and treatment of early disease.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK with over 50,000 new cases diagnosed each year. For women at average risk in the UK, the background lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is one in eight.1 Genetic factors increase this risk. It is the second most common cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer.2 Despite this, most are diagnosed at an early stage and survival rates have doubled over the last 40 years. Risk factors Breast cancer may occur in men, with around 350 new diagnoses each year in the UK.3 Age is a major risk factor


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