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Variation in rates of oestrogen receptor positivity in breast cancer again

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 02 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:298
  1. Keith Miller, scheme organiser (,
  2. Anthony Rhodes, scheme manager,
  3. Bharat Jasani, breast cancer module leader
  1. Immunocytochemistry and Molecular Pathology Unit, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff CF4 4XN

    EDITOR—Mayor reports the findings of a postal survey showing an alarming wide variation in rates of oestrogen receptor positivity in women with breast cancer.1 The results of this questionnaire showed that the rate of breast tumours positive for oestrogen receptor that were detected at different breast cancer centres varied from as low as 5% to around the expected 80%.

    For several years the UK …

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