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The presentation and management of breast symptoms in general practice in South Wales. The BRIDGE Study Group

Edwards, Adrian G., Robling, Michael Richard, Wilkinson, Clare Elizabeth, Matthews, S. J., Stott, Nigel C. H., Austoker, J., McKell-Redwood, D., Mansel, Robert Edward, Russell, I. T. and Thapar, Ajay Kumar 1999. The presentation and management of breast symptoms in general practice in South Wales. The BRIDGE Study Group. British Journal of General Practice 49 (447) , pp. 811-812.

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Abstract

Although there is increasing interest in the primary care management of breast disorders, there are few data on their presentation and management. This study recorded presentation rates of breast symptoms in 34 general practices in South Wales. These ranged from 1.9 to 14.8 patients per GP per year (median = 6.5): 46.4% with breast lump, 28.2% with breast pain, 16.2% with lumpiness and 5.5% with nipple discharge. Fifty-five per cent of all patients were referred, substantially more than previously recorded. Some referrals for breast disease may be 'inappropriate' according to current management guidelines.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: breast symptoms; breast cancer; referral rates; primary care management
Publisher: Royal College of General Practitioners
ISSN: 0960-1643
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 02:54
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/64310

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