Research Article

Management of female breast disease by Southampton general practitioners.

Br Med J 1980; 281 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.281.6253.1450 (Published 29 November 1980) Cite this as: Br Med J 1980;281:1450
  1. S Nichols,
  2. W E Waters,
  3. M J Wheeler

    Abstract

    One hundred and two Southampton general practitioners were interviewed about female breast disease. There was agreement about clinical management and the need to both teach and promote breast self-examination. The general practitioners, however, were divided as to whether any breast screening facilities were needed in Southampton. Records kept by the general practitioners of women seen with breast symptoms showed that one-quarter of all new episodes were referred to hospital at the first visit. That the general practitioners considered early diagnosis to be important was made evident from a number of the results. This attitude is encouraging in view of the evidence showing that long-term survival may be greater when delays are shorter.