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UK specialists predict shortfall in breast cancer services as population ages

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 10 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:72
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    UK specialists have predicted a major shortfall in service provision for women with breast cancer over the next 30 years due to improved survival and the ageing population, with particular concerns about the care of older women being expressed in a report published by a cancer charity this week.

    The report–Breast Cancer in the UK: What's the Prognosis?–published by the charity Breast Cancer Care, is calling on the government to review urgently the planning of the United Kingdom's breast cancer services for the next 30 years. A survey of 80 UK oncologists, breast care nurses, policy makers and researchers in breast cancer, in which 52 responded, showed particular concern about lack of service provision in …

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