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Breast cancer: a fighting chance

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 15 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:210
  1. L Elliott

    In July 1991 I presented what I believed to be an alarming thickening of my left breast to my general practitioner. I was assured that my breasts were normal. In October I returned to the same practice. I saw a different doctor and he again reassured me that my breasts were normal. In February 1992 I returned once more to the practice. This time I presented a second lump in my armpit. I had breast cancer and what was more it had now spread to the lymph nodes.

    Going back in time to my initial visit in July 1991, I was not happy with my doctor's comments, Breasts normal. I discussed with friends what I should do, given that I felt embarrassment to return too soon and undermine her verdict. I stopped breast feeding my 7 month old baby to see if there were any changes in the breast. There were none. At my second visit in October, the doctor explained that the thickening in the breast that I could feel was …

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