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Typical and atypical presenting symptoms of breast cancer and their associations with diagnostic intervals: Evidence from a national audit of cancer diagnosis

Overview of attention for article published in Cancer Epidemiology, June 2017
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Title
Typical and atypical presenting symptoms of breast cancer and their associations with diagnostic intervals: Evidence from a national audit of cancer diagnosis
Published in
Cancer Epidemiology, June 2017
DOI 10.1016/j.canep.2017.04.010
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Minjoung Monica Koo, Christian von Wagner, Gary A. Abel, Sean McPhail, Greg P. Rubin, Georgios Lyratzopoulos

Abstract

Most symptomatic women with breast cancer have relatively short diagnostic intervals but a substantial minority experience prolonged journeys to diagnosis. Atypical presentations (with symptoms other than breast lump) may be responsible. We examined the presenting symptoms of breast cancer in women using data from a national audit initiative (n=2316). Symptoms were categorised topographically. We investigated variation in the length of the patient interval (time from symptom onset to presentation) and the primary care interval (time from presentation to specialist referral) across symptom groups using descriptive analyses and quantile regression. A total of 56 presenting symptoms were described: breast lump was the most frequent (83%) followed by non-lump breast symptoms, (e.g. nipple abnormalities (7%) and breast pain (6%)); and non-breast symptoms (e.g. back pain (1%) and weight loss (0.3%)). Greater proportions of women with 'non-lump only' and 'both lump and non-lump' symptoms waited 90days or longer before seeking help compared to those with 'breast lump only' (15% and 20% vs. 7% respectively). Quantile regression indicated that the differences in the patient interval persisted after adjusting for age and ethnicity, but there was little variation in primary care interval for the majority of women. About 1 in 6 women with breast cancer present with a large spectrum of symptoms other than breast lump. Women who present with non-lump breast symptoms tend to delay seeking help. Further emphasis of breast symptoms other than breast lump in symptom awareness campaigns is warranted.

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Unknown 112 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 25 22%
Unspecified 23 21%
Student > Master 13 12%
Student > Postgraduate 12 11%
Researcher 11 10%
Other 28 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 41 37%
Unspecified 29 26%
Nursing and Health Professions 12 11%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 8 7%
Psychology 5 4%
Other 17 15%

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