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Women are four times less likely to have curative surgery if breast cancer is diagnosed as emergency rather than urgent GP referral

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 10 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3158
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Women with breast cancer are four times less likely to have potentially curative surgery if their condition is diagnosed as an emergency rather than through an urgent GP referral, a report from Public Health England and Cancer Research UK has shown.1

On a national level the report looked at how treatment varies in different cancers, depending on the patient’s route to diagnosis. Researchers analysed data on 20 different …

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