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Delay in diagnosis of breast cancer after screening is associated with bigger tumours

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 20 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:938
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Delays of more than 20 weeks between an abnormal breast cancer screen and diagnosis of the disease in asymptomatic women are associated with increased size of tumours and increased risk of metastases of the lymph nodes, says a study in the American Cancer Society's journal Cancer (2002;52:2143-50). [ed. note, added 24 May 2002: the correct citation is Cancer (2002:94:2143-50)]

    A group of investigators, led by Dr Ivo Olivotto of British Columbia's screening mammography programme, analysed data in the Canadian breast …

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