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Breast cancer treatment delays affect survival

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 10 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:959
  1. Judy Jones
  1. MalmesburyWiltshire

    Cutting delays in detecting and treating breast cancer saves lives, according to a review of more than 100000 cases worldwide. Women waiting three months or more for treatment are less likely to survive beyond five years than those facing shorter delays, according to the study (Lancet 1999; 353:1119-26).

    From 1 April all patients suspected of having breast cancer must be seen by a hospital specialist within 14 days of an urgent referral by their GP, Baroness Hayman, the health minister, announced on the eve of publication of the study.

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