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Concealed breast cancer causes delayed treatment

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 06 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1744
  1. Rosina Ahmed, Specialist registrar,
  2. G R McLatchie, Professor of surgical science
  1. General Surgery, K Floor, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2JF
  2. University of Sunderland, Hartlepool General Hospital, Hartlepool TS24 9AH

    EDITOR—Nosarti et al suggested that delay by patients accounts for a large part of the time till treatment for breast cancer is started.1 We agree that this delay is an important problem; it is not often analysed as policies are targeted at earlier treatment of small lesions. Iversen et al considered a delay of eight weeks by patients to be a challenge to health services.2

    We investigated the incidence of concealed breast cancer at Hartlepool General Hospital between January …

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