n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Approach to the diagnosis of a breast lump : main article

Volume 28, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Patient complaints of breast lumps or lumpiness are common, ranging from 40% to 70% in women seeking advice. A breast lump, either self detected, screen detected or clinician detected, raises the fear of breast cancer in any woman, irrespective of age. Fortunately, the vast majority of breast lumps are benign, but this does not negate the need for evaluation of any palpable breast lesion. Failure to diagnose breast cancer accounts for the most frequent and expensive claims brought against physicians.

Public education about breast cancer has heightened awareness regarding breast health, and it is anticipated that an increasing number of women will present for the evaluation of breast masses.

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