The purpose of the Southern Cross Medical Library is to provide information of a general nature to help you better understand certain medical conditions. Always seek specific medical advice for treatment appropriate to you. This information is not intended to relate specifically to insurance or healthcare services provided by Southern Cross. Among women breast cancer was the most common cancer diagnoses and the third most common cause of death cases behind lung cancer and colorectal cancer. Breasts are composed of fibrous connective tissue, fatty tissue and glandular tissue.
The most common symptom of breast cancer is a newly discovered lump , but this is not the only symptom women should be aware of, according to a recently published research article from the UK. Nipple abnormalities and breast pain were just some of the other symptoms reported by one in six women involved in research conducted by University College, London. The study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology , presented data obtained from an audit of more than women diagnosed with breast cancer in England in Researchers investigated the presenting symptoms of the women and the time taken for each of their diagnoses. The aim of the study was to establish if there was any correlation between the type of symptom the woman reported to her doctor and the length of time it took for her to be diagnosed with breast cancer. The researchers looked at the time the woman waited before seeking help the patient interval and also the time to reach a diagnosis after seeing her doctor the primary care interval. These included nipple abnormalities, breast pain, skin abnormalities, ulceration, shape abnormalities, an inflamed or infected breast and a lump or pain in the armpit.
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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. 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.